Sindh ap­points Dr So­hail Ra­jput new Karachi Com­mis­sioner

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

The Sindh gov­ern­ment on Tues­day ap­pointed So­hail Ra­jput the new Karachi Com­mis­sioner af­ter trans­fer­ring Iftikhar Sha­lawani, who was serv­ing as the city's com­mis­sioner, to the post of sec­re­tary Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment & Hous­ing Town Plan­ning De­part­ment.

Chief Min­is­ter Sindh Mu­rad Ali Shah ap­proved Ra­jput's ap­point­ment, who is a Grade 21 of­fi­cer, as Com­mis­sioner Karachi. A se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cer who joined the civil ser­vice in 1991, Dr Ra­jput was serv­ing at the post of ad­di­tional sec­re­tary at the Min­istry of Fi­nance be­fore his ap­point­ment as com­mis­sioner of the Karachi Di­vi­sion.

He has pre­vi­ously been ap­pointed to the posts of sec­re­tary lo­cal gov­ern­ment Sindh board, sec­re­tary fi­nance Sindh, com­mis­sioner Hy­der­abad Di­vi­sion and prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary to the chief min­is­ter Sindh.

In 2018, Dr Ra­jput's ser­vices were trans­ferred to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment where he was ap­pointed to the Min­istry of Fi­nance as the ad­di­tional sec­re­tary. On Au­gust 18, 2020, his ser­vices were once again trans­ferred to the Sindh gov­ern­ment. He is ex­pected to take charge as Com­mis­sioner Karachi soon.

Shall­wani's trans­fer to the post came about a day af­ter the NAB ar­rested Sindh's Sec­re­tary, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Roshan Ali Shaikh from the Sindh High Court over his sus­pected in­volve­ment in a case per­tain­ing to the il­le­gal al­lot­ment of gov­ern­ment land. NAB of­fi­cials moved to ar­rest the se­nior bu­reau­crat af­ter the High Court re­jected Shaikh's bail plea in the case.

The court, while hear­ing the case to­day, re­marked that Shaikh and nine oth­ers had been in­volved in the il­le­gal al­lot­ment of land and mis­used their pow­ers as gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. The court added that the sus­pects caused a loss to the na­tional ex­che­quer and should there­fore be ar­rested im­me­di­ately.

The court also is­sued or­ders for the ar­rest of Fa­zlur Rehman and oth­ers ac­cused in the ref­er­ence, in­clud­ing Waseem, Nadeem Qadir Khokhar, Sabih As­lam and oth­ers. MQM's Saif Ab­bas, Shoaib Me­mon and Shaukat Jokhio, who have been in jail for the last two years in con­nec­tion with the case.

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