ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CAAD) has forwarded the promotion case of Director General Department of Libraries, who is facing a criminal case in the Islamabad High Court, to the Central Selection Board.

Former DG Libraries Muhammad Nazir on Wednesday submitted an application along with criminal track record of Current DG Libraries Muhammad Azam to Chairman Central Selection Board Naveed Akram Cheema and secretaries of relevant Divisions.  Nazir also levelled serious allegations against the current DG in his application.

According to the application, Muhammad Azam is facing FIR No. 771/2010 registered in the Police Station Cantonment Lahore and also absconder and liable to be arrested by the police. It said he was arrested and sent to jail in another FIR No. 112/11, which was registered in the Police Station Secretariat Islamabad in 2011. In this regard, the criminal appeal No. 131/2015 is pending with the Islamabad High Court Islamabad. 

It further said that Muhammad Azam managed to get PERs completed from the irrelevant initiating officers as well as counter signing officers which is against the rules. This department also brought his illegality to the notice of the higher authorities, it added.

The applications further said that the Law Division vide their O.M. No. 569/2016-Law-I dated 26-9-2016 had clarified that Muhammad Azam  flagrantly violated rule 27 of the government (conduct) rules, 1964 and also violated paragragh-1 of appendix “F” to the secretariat instructions (2004) addition. The action of the delinquent official falls within the expression of “miss conduct”.

When The Nation contacted, Secretary CAAD Division Nargis Ghillon said that the Division just sent the promotion cases of top three of four senior officers, including DG Libraries, as per routine without any special recommendation. She said senior bureaucrats are members of the promotion board and they would go through the case on merit.  She is also part of the CSB board.

Talking to The Nation, Muhammad Azam denied the charges and said he had presented himself in both cases and got the relief in both FIRs. 

The Central Selection Board on Wednesday reviewed promotion cases of grade 19 and 20 officers of more than 200 officers of the Pakistan Administrative Service and Secretariat group. The CSB reviewed the cases of 100 officers for 20 posts of grade 20 and 60 officers for seven posts of grade 21.

Sources said that the board reviewed 129 cases of the Pakistan Administrative Service for 43 posts of grade 21 and hundreds officers of grade 19 against the posts of grade 20.

According to sources, the CSB would go through the cases of around 400 officers of different groups for promotions in grade 20 and 21.

They said that the PSP and Foreign Service Group were on the agenda of the first day and the board reviewed the performance of 60 officers of PSP for 54 posts of grade 20 and 21. The board has also gone through the cases of 66 officers of Foreign Service Group against 24 posts of grade 20 and 21.

Sources revealed that the board recommended the promotions of 50 PSP officers, including 17 offices of grade 20 to grade 21 and 35 officers of grade 19 to grade 20. 

Chief Secretaries of all provinces, Amir Haider Khan, Member National Assembly, Senator Saud Majeed, Shahzad Arbab, Secretary SAFRON, Aizaz Chaudhary, Secretary Foreign Affairs Division and Tariq Bajwa, Secretary EAD also attended the meeting.