islamabad - Differences with the high-ups at Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) and ongoing tug-of-war between the top guns of the Capital Development Authority and Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) compelled the government to throw Maroof Afzal out of the chairman CDA office, sources in the authority told The Nation yesterday. The federal government had on Monday last removed Maroof Afzal, a BS-21 officer of Pakistan Administrative Services, from his position as chairman CDA and posted him as additional secretary establishment division. He was the 29th chairman of the CDA and had been appointed as chairman of the civic body in December 2013. He retained the post for more than two years and eight months. Prior to Maroof, the last three chairmen did not retain the post for more than ten months.

The sources in the CDA said that Afzal was not happy with the way CADD high-ups wanted to run the affairs of the authority, particularly when it came to the land directorate. The chairman was annoyed with the interference of a local politician from the ruling party in the CDA affairs and land-related issues, they added. The civic agency could not announce any major development scheme except the construction of a portion of the Islamabad Highway Project in the last three years. The CDA also made headlines for corruption in its land directorate and the former chairman could hardly take anyone to task.  Afzal applied for a two-month leave recently and he did not want to come back to his former office due to his differences with the CADD high-ups. CADD Secretary Hassan Iqbal has now been given additional charge as CDA chairman for three months.

The sources further said that Afzal was frustrated with the ongoing tug-of-war between the high-ups of CDA and Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC). The CDA employees have knocked the door of the court against transfer of its directorates and powers to the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation which reflects tense relations between CDA and IMC. Furthermore, Mayor Sheikh Ansar Aziz recently inaugurated Rs 168 million project for rehabilitation work on IJP Road — a move that was opposed by the CDA which claimed it should execute a project that it proposed, initiated and awarded. The tense relationship between the IMC and CDA got further worsened over the last few weeks due to some other issues as distribution of resources and funds.

Sources told The Nation that a few weeks back, a meeting was held at the PM office where F-9 Park, Islamabad Zoo and other formations of the CDA were ordered to be placed under the control of mayor office. The sources also said that the PM also asked CDA high-ups to give Rs 2 billion to the IMC for road maintenance etc. “The PM, in his remarks, over the chairlift project asked the CDA chairman to follow the instructions of the mayor IMC which really annoyed the chairman,” the sources added.