islamabad - The federal government has failed to appoint a permanent head of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency Islamabad in last one year, The Nation has learnt reliably.

The Pak-EPA is responsible to manage the environment of the federal capital and it also controls the air pollution of Islamabad.  

According to the officials of the Ministry of Climate Change, the Federal Public Service Commission had started process of the appointment of a regular DG of the agency a few months ago and also conducted interviews of candidates in this regard.

Talking to The Nation, Secretary Ministry of Climate Change Abu Akif told that the FPSC has sent names of selected candidates to him for the post of DG EPA. He said the ministry will forward the summary of shortlisted candidates to the Prime Minister for getting the final approval of appointment. 

Sources claimed that the ministry violated the rules and ignored the well-experienced and deserving officer of this Division Zia-ud-Din Khattak who was eligible for the post. Meanwhile, high-ups of the ministry appointed another officer Irfan Tariq as acting DG Pak-EPA instead of Khattak.

Sources said that the important issues of Pak-EPA are pending due to no regular DG of the agency, as effective plan for overcoming environmental pollution in Islamabad has not been finalised so far. They said that acting DG sent Zia-ud-Din Khattak on one year forced leave and issued a show-cause notice to him on alleged baseless allegations.

They said that a performance report submitted last year to the secretary office by Pak-EPA director general was also not satisfactory.

Earlier, the performance report spelled out different measures taken by the Pak-EPA with regard to tackling environmental degradation and the issue of polythene bags in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) but former minister Mushahidullah Khan could not satisfy from it, they added.

The minister termed the role of Pak-EPA of unprecedented significance in view of the environmental degradation, which has disfigured the capital in every form and manifestation.

The former secretary also said the Pak-EPA officers would be brought to book if their performance report is found unsatisfactory, particularly in controlling air and water pollution.

Sources said that several factories are spreading pollution in the capital but nobody is here to take action against the factory owners.