Lately, a lot of adverse propaganda has been launched to malign the PPP government on the issue of political appointments. To my mind, the very best people suited for the job have been taken to fill up prime slots. Mr. Hussain Haroon, Pakistan's Envoy to the UN, is one such. Mr. Haroon hails from the famous Haroon family of Karachi, which was amongst the founders of Pakistan and is owner of the Dawn group of publications. Our other man in US, Ambassador Hussain Haqqani, was sent to Washington solely because of his political acumen. He has served in the administrations of two former Prime Ministers, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif. Another 'political' appointee, Shaukat Tarin has been made Advisor to the PM on Finance after replacing PPP's own Finance Minister, Mr. Naveed Qamar. This clearly shows the selection has been made on the basis of pure merit. Dr. Waqar's appointment as Chairman FBR has also been made keeping in mind his competence and suitability for the job although he too was part of a previous government. The appointments of Mr. Ijaz Butt as Chairman PCB and Mr. Mandviwala as Chairman Investment Board have also been made on merit. -ANGELINA SAMAR, Lahore, via e-mail, October 14.