Younus Dagha removed as secretary finance

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Sheraz Rathore

Islamabad

The government on Thursday removed Mohammad Younus Dagha as secretary finance , a day after Board of Investment Chairman Haroon Sharif resigned from his post.

A notification issued in this regard instructed Dagha to report to the Establishment Division with “immediate effect”.

In a separate notification, Naveed Kamran Baloch, previously posted as secretary cabinet division, was asked to take the charge as secretary finance division.

Baloch has previously served as Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Chief Secretary. He joined the civil services on October 22, 1985. He was previously a grade 22 officer with the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS), posted as Secretary National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination Division. He will retire on March 7, 2021.

Maroof Afzal, who is currently posted as secretary of the Information Technology and Telecommunication Division, will be posted to Baloch’s previous position as cabinet division secretary.

Dagha, a grade 22 officer of the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) was appointed to the post in March ahead of negotiations on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout package.

He was posted as the secretary of the Commerce Division prior to his appointment as finance secretary.

On Wednesday, reports had emerged that Dagha was also likely to be replaced within days.

According to sources, Dhaga had developed differences with Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Hafeez Shaikh during negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Dhaga had not been consulted by the finance adviser during the recent talks with IMF, sources further said.

Cabinet Secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch has been appointed as the new finance secretary while Maroof Afzal has been appointed the new cabinet secretary.

Dagha has been directed to report to the Establishment Division.

Dagha’s removal comes a day after Haroon Sharif resigned from his post as Board of Investment Chairman.  Sharif had taken over from Naeem Zamindar who had been appointed to the post in by the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government.