Four police OSDs likely to get postings
By Khawaja Naseer
LAHORE: Prime Minister Jamali is likely to decide the postings of four senior officers of the Police Services of Pakistan (PSP) in the next couple of days. All of them are presently working as officers on special duty (OSD) with the Establishment Division (ED).
Sources in the federal government told Daily Times on Tuesday that the names forwarded to the PM’s secretariat a week ago, included Major Muhammad Zaheer, Saeedur Rahi, Sajjad Bhatti and Sharief Virk - all PSP BS-21 officers.
Maj Zaheer was working with the Punjab government as the deputy inspector general but after his promotion to BS-21 he was relieved of his services. Mr Rahi, a senior PSP officer, has also worked with the Punjab government. However, his last assignment was with the Intelligence Bureau (IB).
Mr Bhatti has also been serving in Punjab and with the IB, however, he was sent to China on his last assignment. After his return to Pakistan he has been waiting for his next assignment. PSP sources said that the Punjab government was also willing to take on the services of Mr Bhatti.
Mr Virk, a senior PSP officer, has worked for a long time with the federal investigation agency (FIA) and he worked as the director immigration of the FIA for his past posting. Jahangir Mirza, presently working as an OSD with the Punjab government, is waiting for his next posting.
Due to the reported shortage of senior police officers at the federal level, three retired PSP officers were working on a two-year contract, including Syed Mohib Asad, the director general of the FIA, Chaudhry Iftikhar, chief of Police Foundation, and Iftikhar Rashid, communication secretary.
Sources said that besides appointing retired PSP officers on contract, a senior PSP officer, Aftab Nabi, head of the Bureau of Police Research, had also gone on long leave. Former inspector general police Punjab Malik Asif Hayyat is working as the additional secretary to the PM’s secretariat.