ISLAMABAD - An exchange of hot words between a member of the Central Selection Board (CSB) and the Federal Board Revenue (FBR) chairman over promotion of Inland Revenue Service Group officers of grade 19 and 20 turned the meeting unpleasant, The Nation learnt reliably.

The meeting of CSB was held last week under the chair of Chairman Naveed Akram Cheema and was also attended by Economic Affairs Division (EAD) Secretary Tariq Bajwa, chief secretaries of all provinces, Member National Assembly Amir Haider Khan, Senator Saud Majeed, SAFRON Secretary Shahzad Arbab, Secretary Foreign Affairs Division Aizaz Chaudhary and Capital Administration and Development Division Secretary Nargis Ghillon as board members.

Well-placed sources told The Nation that the CSB meeting reviewed promotion cases of 180 officers of Inland Revenue Service Group against 91 posts including 70 posts of grade-20 and 21 posts of grade-21.

The sources said that the CSB had also invited FBR Chairman Nisaar Muhammad Khan for his consent regarding the performance of officers.

The EAD secretary interrupted the FBR chairman when he was briefing the board on the track record and performance of the officers. CSB member Tariq Bajwa who had also served as FBR chairman said that he was aware of the performance of the officers. The interruption prompted an exchange of barbs between the two bureaucrats, the sources said.

Talking to The Nation on the condition of anonymity, a senior officer said that both Bajwa and Khan did not agree with each other on the performance of the officers. He said that the attitude of both the officers made the atmosphere of board distasteful.

When The Nation contacted the CSB member Narigs Ghillon said that nothing such incident took place during meeting but added “all members reserve the right to disagree with the views of other officers”.

She also said that Cheema is a senior bureaucrat and he did not allow any member to disturb the meeting.     

The Nation tried to approach the FBR chairman on the phone and through text messages but he did not respond.

The CSB approved promotion cases of more than 450 officers of grade 20 and 21 of different services groups during the four-day marathon meeting.