ISLAMABAD: The federal government has appointed retired Lt Gen Zamirul Hassan Shah defence secretary in an obvious U-flip after initially opposing his nomination by the army.
Gen Shah assumed workplace on Thursday marking an finish to what had nearly grow to be a stand-off between the federal government and the GHQ on the bureaucratic posting. He changed retired Lt Gen Alam Khattak, who accomplished his two-yr contract on Aug 5.
Gen Shah had retired from army service earlier this yr. His final posting was adjutant basic of Pakistan Military.
The army had advisable Gen Shah’s identify to the federal government for appointment because the defence secretary lengthy earlier than Gen Khattak accomplished his tenure. The federal government rejected the nomination and requested the army to appoint another officer.
“The federal government had some reservations about Gen Shah’s nomination,” a supply within the Prime Minister Workplace disclosed.
The military, in line with insiders, refused to vary the nomination and insisted that Gen Shah have to be appointed.
The federal government then thought-about totally different choices together with persevering with with Maj Gen Abid Nazir because the appearing secretary until the succession in army in November; and appointing a civilian bureaucrat.
Nevertheless, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s advisers counselled him to keep away from straining relations with the army on the difficulty and settle for Gen Shah’s nomination.
Gen Shah’s appointment coincided with the easing of friction between the army and authorities on progress in implementation of the Nationwide Motion Plan (NAP) towards terrorism.
Responding to the army’s criticism of the federal government’s efficiency on NAP, Mr Sharif constituted Implementation and Evaluation Committee of NAP beneath Nationwide Safety Adviser retired Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua; permitted creation of latest wings of Frontier Corps; and expedited the method on enactment of antiterrorism legal guidelines that have been allowed to lapse.
A day earlier than the defence secretary’s appointment, the federal government appointed one other retired common (Muzamil Hussain) as head of the Water and Energy Improvement Authority.
Principal Info Officer Rao Tehsin rejected the studies of the federal government having beforehand blocked Gen Shah’s appointment. “It isn’t true. Categorically reject such stories based mostly on speculations,” he stated in a written reply.
The workplace of the defence secretary is the very best bureaucratic workplace within the defence ministry, however has a diminished position with the actual powers resting with the GHQ.
The place, however, has gained significance due to the delicate civil-army stability and upcoming transition in army.
The federal authorities usually appoints the defence secretary on the recommendation of the military chief as a part of an unwritten custom. Nevertheless, there have been exceptions. The Pakistan Peoples Social gathering authorities eliminated retired Lt Gen Naeem Lodhi on the peak of Memogate in January 2012 and gave Nargis Sethi, a civilian bureaucrat, further cost of the ministry for seven months earlier than reverting to the agreed association in July 2012 by appointing retired Lt Gen Asif Yasin Malik.
Revealed in Daybreak, August twenty sixth, 2016
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