ISLAMABAD: Days before the announcement of the federal budget, the federal government has removed a BS-22 officer from the top position of the finance ministry and appointed a BS-21 officer to head the ministry.

As per the notification issued by the Establishment Division, Kamran Ali Afzal, a BS-22 officer of the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS), has been transferred from the post of finance secretary and has been posted as the secretary of the Ministry of Industries and Production.

According to another notification, “Yusuf Khan, a BS-21 officer of the PAS, presently pos­ted as secretary Benazir Income Support Programme, is transferred and posted as additional secretary (in charge), finance division, with immediate effect and until further orders.”

Sources said that after induction of Shaukat Tarin as federal minister for finance, Kamran Afzal was planning to switch the ministry since the minister wanted to bring the men of his own choice to deliver for what he has been picked for this assignment.

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