ISLAMABAD - The federal government is likely to appoint new chief secretaries and inspectors general of police of all the provinces with the approval of the cabinet next week, The Nation has learnt.

Talking to The Nation, a senior official of Establishment Division said working had been started on preparation of lists of senior bureaucrats for the posts of chief secretaries and IGPs of all the provinces and the panels would be finalised in this regard by Monday evening.

He said sections concerned of the Establishment Division had been directed to prepare lists of well-reputed officers. He added all the sections would present the officers’ lists to the establishment secretary and finalise the panels of officers under supervision of senior officers of the division. He averred panels of the officers would be presented before the federal cabinet for its approval.

Reshuffle in senior bureaucracy has been started as the federal government transferred several bureaucrats on Saturday and tasked them with new assignments. In this regard, Ijaz Munir, a grade-22 officer of Pakistan Administrative Service, was posted as establishment division secretary.

Sources claimed senior bureaucrats and police officers have started lobbying to get lucrative posts in the federal and provincial setups. They are also approaching senior politicians in this regard. They said senior police officers of Punjab are reluctant to work under the supervision of former IGP Nasir Khan Durrani in the province.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced that he had requested Durrani to help the Punjab government in bringing reforms in police on the lines of the last PTI-led KP government.