ISLAMABAD - At least 21 bureaucrats of grade 20 to 22 of different services groups, who were made as Officers on Special Duty (OSD) in last few years, are awaiting their new assignments and promotions, The Nation learnt yesterday.

According to the documents available with The Nation reveal that seven officers were made OSD before this government took over. Most of them were punished due to availing long leaves, foreign scholarships and administrative blunders.

The incumbent government tightened the noose around civil bureaucracy and punished disobedient civil servants by issuing the notifications of dismissal from services of two civil servants including former Senior Superintendent Police Islamabad Muhammad Ali Nekokara, a grade 19 officer of Police Services of Pakistan group and Kabir Qazi, former home secretary of Sindh, a grade 20 officers of Pakistan Administrative Service group.

The documents say that senior bureaucrat Nadeem Ashraf (grade-22) was made OSD on October 21, 2015 and he would retire in October 2016 and another officer of grade 22 Nadeem Shafiq is also awaiting his new assignment. Nadeem was previously serving as Additional in-charge Awan-Saddar.

Three officers of (grade 21) including Sardar Abdul Majeed, Kamal-ud-Din Tipu and Hammad Awais Agha are awaiting postings, and Muhammad Akhtar Hassan Khan, Iqbal Mahmood, Tariq Ahmad Khokhar and Muhammad Anwar Virk are also awaiting their postings for the last two years.

The 13 officers of grade 20 of different services groups including Mian Muhammad Zuliqarnain, Usman Ali, Zafar Iqbal Shiekh, Aziz-ur-Rehman, Muhammad Hashim Taren, Imran Nasir Khan,Ghani-ur-Rehman Wazir, Akhtar Lalik, Abdul Rauf Khan, Muhammad Khursheed, Muhanmmad Ashfaq Ghuman, Aftab Ahmad Cheema, Captain (R) Usman Zakiria, Syed Imtiaz Altaf had been made as OSD and were directed to report to Establishment Division.

The last government had made Sajid Saddique as OSD in 2011 and approved his two-year leave but he is still on leave. Similarly, another officer of the same group, Rashid Mansoor, is also on 1095 days leave from June 2012, reveal the documents.