Govt likely to remove Finance Secretary Younus Dhaga

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  • As per sources, Cabinet Secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch may replace Dhaga owing to his ‘closeness’ with the finance adviser 

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to remove Finance Secretary Younus Secretary Dhaga from the post, it was learnt on Wednesday.

According to sources, the government will most likely hand over the post to incumbent Cabinet Secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch owing to his “closeness” with Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Abdul Hafeez Shaikh.

“The finance adviser is not comfortable with Younus Dhaga, which is why the latter is being sidelined from the ministry affairs,” sources claimed.

They further informed that the finance adviser has also rehired a retired government official (Mr Taj) as senior private secretary (SPS) and has made him incharge of the Finance Minister’s Office.

The retired officer, who was also in Hafeez Shaikh’s team from 2011 till 2013, is more than 65 years of age and stands disqualified to be re-employed, sources claimed, adding that “no file moves in the Finance Minister’s office these days without Mr Taj’s consent”.

It is pertinent to mention that Younus Dhaga was part of the delegation which met the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) team in China last week. He also played an important role in Pakistan’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Sources claimed that Younus Dhaga’s performance was comparatively better than former finance secretary Arif Ahmad Khan. However, since the arrival of the finance adviser, he has been sidelined.

The scribe approached Prime Minister’s Secretary Azam Khan for comments over the possible transfer of Younus Dhaga from the Finance Division. However, he read the messages on Whatsapp but did not reply.

The scribe also approached the finance adviser’s SPS but he also remained unavailable.

4 COMMENTS

  1. All corrupt incompetent Secretary need to be eliminated and sent home as early as possible.
    They white elephant on the Pakistan economy and looted wealth of Pakistan.
    Pakistan economy is worse in Asia.
    India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh economy is stable playing positive role in development of of those countries.

    • Do you think naveed kamran baloch is honest officer?? Hes another corrupt officer who is going to replace dhaga. Rather hes the worst one to be taken into finance division. Multiple nab enquiries pending against him. But you know naya Pakistan !!!

  2. Mr. Dhaga is a highly competent and energetic officer. He played a pivotal role in the turnaround of Power Sector being Secretary Power Division from 2014 to 2017. Sidelining officers of such caliber is beyond understating.

    Anyway, I am of firm belief that where ever he goes he will remain motivated and will do to his best for the people of Pakistan.

  3. Mr. Younis Dhaga is very competent and energetic officer. He played a vital role in eliminating the load shedding while working as Secretary Water and Power from 2014 to 2017. Federal government should avail the capabilities of officers of such high caliber.

    I firmly believe that where-ever he will go
    he will not only prove his worth but will also perform his best for the people of our beloved country.

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