By Tariq Naqash
MUZAFFARABAD: Terming the appointments made after the announcement of election schedule as unlawful, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi has directed the bureaucracy to submit him information in this regard within one week for an appropriate action.
“All departments should furnish the details as well as justification of recruitment after the announcement of the election schedule through the chief secretary’s office within one week so that we can review and find out an appropriate solution,” he said at his maiden meeting with the secretaries to the government on Friday.
“All unlawful appointments would be annulled,” he added, according to an official handout.
Acknowledging the role of the bureaucracy in administrative affairs and implementation of the official policies, he exhorted the participants of the meeting to ensure rule of law and merit.
“The bureaucracy should work for the development of the state and betterment of the common man. We will ensure availability of sufficient funds for the purpose,” he said, adding, “those who deliver will be rewarded with appreciation and respect and those who don’t will be taken to task.”
The AJK premier asserted that his government wanted to bring about a real change in the state and its each decision, direction and action will be aimed at ameliorating the lot of people in accordance with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“When the people of Azad Kashmir will be contended, it will send a positive message across the Line of Control,” he said.
He claimed that he possessed experience of statecraft and over the past 41 years of active politics he had not stayed away from his people even for a week.
However, he said, if he lacked information on any issue, bureaucrats could individually call on him to bring the same into his knowledge. “I do not have any personal agenda except serving my people and area… It’s why Prime Minister Imran Khan has deviated from [past] traditions and picked me for this office.”
“No such thing should take place at our hands that sends a negative message across the divide.” Mr Niazi also appreciated the “best role” played by chief secretary Shakeel Qadir Khan and IGP Dr Sohail Habib Tajik in holding of free, fair and impartial elections.
Earlier, the chief secretary and senior member board of revenue Fayyaz Ali Abbasi also spoke on behalf of the senior bureaucracy.