ISLAMABAd - The federal government has approved the appointments of press ministers and councillors in Pakistan embassies and missions abroad but top position holder among all candidates will wait his appointment till November, The Nation has learnt reliably. 

Sources told The Nation, the appointments of press ministers in different embassies of Pakistan have been pending for the last several months and finally Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave approval to the new appointments of Press attachés in Pakistani embassies and missions. They said that the Ministry of Information moved a summary to PM office several months ago after completion of test and interviews of all candidates.

Sources said that the PM gave the approval of the appointments of press ministers, which included Intesar Ahmad Colombo, Shahab Ahmad Cairo, Khuwaja Moez New Delhi, Hina Fardoos Beijing and Zobia Umar Washington.

Similarly, Arhsad Munir has been posted as Press Minister in Jaddah, Abid Saeed in New York, Nadeem Kiani in Ottawa, Syeda Sultan in Brussels, Ashaq Hussain in Dubai, Ashfaq Khalil in Tokyo, Burj Lal in Tehran, Orangzaib Haral in Dhaka, Nighat Shah in Singapore and Ayesha Siddiqua in Kabul.

Sources said Abid Saeed who secured first position in test and interviews will not join his new office in Washington till November due to the three months extension in outgoing press ministers services. They said the PM gave the extension in his services on the recommendations of permanent envoy of Pakistan in UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi.

Talking to The Nation, a senior officer said fresh appointments will provide relief to all those information officers who have completed their terms and wanted to come back but they cannot leave their respective stations till the appointment of new officers or orders of competent authority.

Earlier, the federal government introduced a policy for the appointment of press officers one and half years ago and added 20 per cent quote of journalists in policy.

 The Information Ministry could not implement that policy as some officers of information group had challenged it in the court and the case is still pending in the court.