ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday approved the appointments of federal secretaries almost after a month of high-powered Promotion Board meeting and appointed Syed Imran Gardezi as information and broadcasting secretary.

Gardezi was currently working as Director General, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation and he is the most senior officer among the Information Service of Pakistan.

He has great and varied experience in the field, assumed important positions and is well respected in media because of his professionalism. He served as Principal Information Officer, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, Director-General External Publicity Wing, General Manager PIA. Minister (Press) at Pakistan Embassy Washington and High Commission in London and Press Attache at Hong Kong. Imran Gardezi is also recipient of Pakistan's Best Media Manager Award by APNS in 2003.

The outgoing secretary information Saba Mohsin Raza has been appointed as Additional Secretary Information.

The federal government appointed Saba Mohsin Raza as Additional Secretary In-charge Information and Broadcasting after the retirement of former secretary Muhammad Azam a few months back.

The Establishment Division issued the notifications of promoted 40 officers to grade 22.

According to the notification, Dr Shujaat has been appointed as Special Secretary Finance, Pir Baksh Jamali as Secretary Ombudsman, Khalid Masood as Secretary Communication, Abu Akif as Secretary Climate Change, Abid Javed as Secretary Food and Security and Shoaib Siddiqui as Special Secretary Interior.

Hassan Iqbal has been appointed as Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division, Humyun Khan as Secretary Federal Education and Abdul Jabbar as Secretary National Assembly.

Arbab Muhammad Arif has been appointed as Registrar Supreme Court, Tariq Masood as MD PASCO, Abdul Malik Ghuri as Members incharge Federal Ombudsman, Zahid Saeed as senior member Board of Revnue Punjab, Mohsin H. Haqqani as Secretary National Heritage and Literary Heritage, Ijaz Ali Khan as Secretary Anti Narcotics, Nustrat Iqbal Jamshid CEO National Institute Parks Development and Management Company and Ammir Hassan as Public Procurement and Regularity Authority.

Earlier, PM met first batch of newly promoted grade 22 officers. The PM congratulated the officers on their elevations.

He stated that the decision to elevate these officers was based on merit and transparency. The character, performance and conduct of officers was the sole criteria for promotions. The PM urged the officers that nation expects them to deliver in public interest.

He said that not only right decision making is very important and but quick decision making is as important. Civil service has a key role in development of Pakistan. We all are part of the same team and we have to work for the betterment of our country.

PM said that our approach in the government should be mission and rule driven. We expect the highest level of integrity and transparency from our bureaucracy.

The PM chaired the High Powered Board on January 12, 2016 and promoted the 40 officers of different services groups to grade 22. But he met first batch of promoted officers and gave them new assignments and he would also meet other officers next week.