LAHORE, April 11: Former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has called for reshuffle of bureaucracy in the federal government as well as other provinces as has been done in Punjab.

“There is a question mark over the fairness of elections after the caretaker government failed to make changes in the bureaucracy of the centre and other provinces,” Shahbaz said in a statement.

He said a majority of officers in federal departments like National Accountability Bureau (NAB), National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) directly related to the electoral process were the PPP’s handpicked. “The presence of these blue-eyed officers casts doubt on the free and fair elections.”

Shahbaz said all knew the procedures and standards the PPP had adopted while employing these officers, adding it’s hard to comprehend why the interim government was making the moves that were putting its credibility at stake.

He said the chief secretary of Sindh had not been transferred although the ECP had ordered his removal weeks ago.

In another violation of ECP directives, he added, former Punjab chief secretary Nasir Khosa had not been posted to Sindh so far.

“If the ECP can write to the prime minister to express its annoyance over a federal minister’s comment in favour of Nawaz Sharif, why it can’t ask the PM to reshuffle a biased administration?”

Shahbaz demanded that the ECP assert pressure on the federal government to get its orders implemented.

“I hope the ECP, under Fakhru Bhai, will meet its obligations and ensure a level playing-field for all the contestants in the upcoming elections,” the former CM said.

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