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The vice chairman would preside over the meetings of the investment board in the absence of the chief minister. — File photo
The vice chairman would preside over the meetings of the investment board in the absence of the chief minister. — File photo

QUETTA: The provincial government has appointed Arsalan Iftikhar, son of former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, as vice-chairman of the Balochistan Investment Board.

The Chief Minister’s Finance Adviser Mir Khalid Khan Langove had announced in his budget speech the provincial government’s plan to set up the board headed by Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch.

“Yes, Arsalan Iftikhar has been appointed vice-chairman of the Balochistan Investment Board,” Finance Secretary Mushtaq Ahmed Raisani confirmed to Dawn on Wednesday.

He said it would be an “honorary post without salary and allowances” and the vice chairman would preside over the meetings of the investment board in the absence of the chairman (chief minister).

The board will have 12 members. “The names of other members are likely to be announced soon,” the secretary said.

Published in Dawn, June 26th, 2014

Comments (81) Closed

muhammadzauq Jun 26, 2014 11:40am

Arsalan Iftikhar has been appointed vice-chairman of the Balochistan Investment Board. Was this appointment endorsed by the Ch. Iftikhar think tank.

rizwan Jun 26, 2014 11:41am


Danish Lakhani Jun 26, 2014 11:52am

How is this appointment different from the Mr. Afridi that his father took a Suo moto notice against. I hope the new CJ takes a Suo moto notice against this appointment.

FAM Jun 26, 2014 11:59am

This is outrageous

Kashif Shahzad Jun 26, 2014 12:03pm

A prove of the major role played by Judiciary in May 2013 Election.

Abdul Rahman Khan Jun 26, 2014 12:06pm

Arsalan Iftikhar - the retailer of his father's justice, just in case some people don't know who he is.

Ahmed Jun 26, 2014 12:07pm

One step forward...two steps backwards...will we ever learn...:-)

Usman Aziz Jun 26, 2014 12:08pm

What an impressive way to reward one after the other on massive rigging in election 2013

Shabbir Ahmed Jun 26, 2014 12:08pm

A very busy man taking a

Abbas Jun 26, 2014 12:20pm

Good luck balouchistan for your progress and prosperity. Is there deficiency of educated people in balouchistan?

Morad786 Jun 26, 2014 12:21pm

There is no light robbery!!

GM Jun 26, 2014 12:26pm

same terms and condition on which govt appointed lawyers for Pervez Musharraf case. they did not get any fee/payment but their assistants get millions of rupees. We as a nation are proved stupids before these politicians.

Abdul Jun 26, 2014 12:27pm

Honorary? Does his credentials deserve this?

jani Jun 26, 2014 12:27pm

My Man for the Job.

GM Jun 26, 2014 12:28pm

ARsalan Iftikhar appointment is a slap on the face of all who participated in lawyer movement for restoration of CJ. people were thinking he will solve our judicial problems. Who knew he as working for NS.

Fraz Jun 26, 2014 12:40pm

What are his qualifications and experience which make him suitable for the job. Don't we have better individuals who can help the poor province to get investments .

SK Jun 26, 2014 12:45pm

What a joke !!! A business man investing hours without any return, this explanation is really hilarious. What are the powers of this post and how easy it would be to cover his time investment at this post?

Hasan Hasni Jun 26, 2014 12:45pm

I think FIA suppose to investigate in relation to corruption according to Supreme Court orders. Therefore, required qualifications full field to get a top post.

Rizwan Jun 26, 2014 12:57pm

What a shame.

event horizon Jun 26, 2014 12:59pm

Iftikhar Chaudhary is still instrumental. Will he talk to someone about 365 punctures and get caught?

Danial Jun 26, 2014 12:59pm

A sad day for Pakistan. This is why judiciary will never be respected in Pakistan.

event horizon Jun 26, 2014 01:00pm

Nothing about Arslan Iftikhar is about honor.

Sohraab Jun 26, 2014 01:01pm


Shah Jun 26, 2014 01:14pm

What qualifies him to sit in for the Chief Minister? Another scratch my/your back story?

ZX Jun 26, 2014 01:25pm

Well PMLN had to return the favor! PM is known for looking out for his friends.... unfortunately average citizens are not on his list.

Shahzad Ahmed Jun 26, 2014 01:32pm

If by virtue of education and training he has experience of managing, attracting, retaining institutional investments then we should not have any objection if not then appointment is a big question mark.

Aamir Jun 26, 2014 01:54pm

Such irresponsible decisions discredit not only the PML-N government but also the honourable judiciary. Ex CJ must ask his son not to take this position, as people of Pakistan will lose all the remaining faith in higher judiciary.

M. Mushtaq Ahmed Jun 26, 2014 01:55pm

You scratch my back and I scratch your back......

Khalid Jun 26, 2014 02:03pm

Another question I have is, when was this job announced in the newspapers and how many people were interviewed for the job?. I can bet there are 100s (if not 1000s) of qualified people who would have done the job much better than this person.

Dr.M.M.Khan Jun 26, 2014 02:06pm

He is a man to be admired. He is intelligent,multitalented and multiconnected. While i had a have a first class FSC, he walked into a Medical college with a Third division! There was a loophole created for him. He later on proved to be a too good a doctor and his services were in needed in the?police. A position was found ?or created for him and he rapidly rose in ranks. Not enough with that suddenly someone found his talent to be suited for Bharia town enterprises for advice.

fida sayani Sindhi Jun 26, 2014 02:16pm

@Fraz His best credentials are that he is the son of former chief justice.

azadpakistani Jun 26, 2014 02:24pm

Remember my name also for such board i am also willing to work without salary and allowance. Our mother country is made for elite people and their sons and daughters. Please explain for making point of no salary and no allowance for such high post which deals with foreign heavy cash investors?

Arif Khan. Jun 26, 2014 02:46pm

This is Fruit of Lawyers movement, a big question mark on our corrupt system.

tab Jun 26, 2014 03:10pm

Now there is no doubt in the validity of the saying: Justice is blind.

M Rafique Jun 26, 2014 03:43pm

@GM The movement was not in love judiciary or justice or rule of law in the country, it was against Musharaf financed by ????? ( DAWN will not publish this comments if the name is mentioned)

Hussain Jun 26, 2014 04:03pm

True face of Iftikhar Chaudary exposed...... What a shame. He is not even qualified for the post of a section officer

akkermans Jun 26, 2014 04:25pm

I think in Pakistan word shame does not exits in the dictionary why superem court does not take suo moto action ppp govt gets it daily

nadeem Jun 26, 2014 04:27pm

Simply unbeatable

zahid ansar Jun 26, 2014 04:47pm

It is an established fact that under such bodies salaries aren't that important. In fact income in the form of kickbacks and authority over awarding contracts and NOCs remain to be the main area of attraction for the high-ups in such bodies. Besides the news doesn't specify that under what capacity has the incumbent Arsalan Iftikhar has been offered this position. Does he possess the right credentials and qualifications considered requisite for the said post?

akkermans Jun 26, 2014 04:56pm

@nadeem nothing is unbeatable for GOD one day they will punished wait and see

Reader Jun 26, 2014 05:23pm

Shame....Reality of our judicial system

baakhlaq Jun 26, 2014 05:25pm

He must have got some qualification and experience in the relevant field, otherwise govt. can't make this glaring mistake.

Muhammad Naqvi Jun 26, 2014 06:36pm

@Reader Sorry this is a joke. But then in the land of pure everything is possible "ali baba and 40 thieves" does come to mind. God help people of Balochistan.

Raheel Anwar Jun 26, 2014 06:41pm

What a country?

Ahmer Jun 26, 2014 06:57pm

What qualifications does he have for this job?

akkermans Jun 26, 2014 07:05pm

@baakhlaq his father is also very inteligent

Syed Hamid Ahmed Jun 26, 2014 07:08pm

What is his qualification? What this person bring to table?

Irshadali Jun 26, 2014 07:49pm

What do our politicians say?

They were very active about Choudhry Sahib's movement in Musharaf's government.

Javed Nasim Jun 26, 2014 07:59pm

@Irshadali .Now we know why Musharaf took notice of Iftikhar Chaudry's son Arsalan. Now we know how good Musharaf govt. was compared to PPP and PML-N.

Naeem Jun 26, 2014 08:01pm

Wake up friends as he will be given no salary or benefits! Be fair with Arslan and the honorable CJ Iftikhar. He is getting no money but is going to help out for free.

John, Canada Jun 26, 2014 08:21pm

Day light robbery. Mr Tahirul Qadri is right these are thugs...

Iftikhar Ali Jun 26, 2014 08:21pm

So President Musharraf was right all along.

Faisal Tanveer Jun 26, 2014 08:25pm

why does this guy look like a 'FOOL'

Zalmay Harun Jun 26, 2014 09:06pm

Height of nepotism in our country. Being from Baluchistan, I do condemn his inclusion in the investment board. No wonder he lacks the experience and qualification for the vice-chairmanship. Just take a look at the government or semi-government institutions and departments in the province, you will find out inept people. Hence, these corruption-hit-institutions are in their worst state with no sign of improvement. The appointment of A.I is no surprise. The PML-N led government in Baluchistan has totally failed to pay heed to the demands of the people. They even failed to give real shape to their manifestos, particularly of uprooting the evil of nepotism.

Pragmatist Jun 26, 2014 11:01pm

A crook rewarding another crook.

sfoman Jun 26, 2014 11:12pm

A gift by PMLN for not opening the case in supreme court for rigged election by his father.

omer khan shaheen Jun 27, 2014 12:06am

May we please know the eligibility requirement for this role and what hidden benefits does this individual get? "It seems this government is opening it's doors to move out sooner rather then later". I can't seem to understand why, though?

Tariq, Lahoe Jun 27, 2014 12:49am

The honor amongst crooks is they only hire other crooks!

ghumman Jun 27, 2014 01:54am

Another beneficiary of 35 Punctures....What amazes me is level of Brazenness of corrupt political elite. They don't even give dame what anyone thinks. they want to support each other to maintain their strangle hold on common people

Akhtar Jun 27, 2014 02:14am

What a joke: Honorary post with out a salary: They could not find a competent person among masses in Baluchistan with a better reputation?

N Jun 27, 2014 02:28am

The long term investment of his father during CJ tenure showing colors now. Now at least people must realize what Musharraf did to him was absolutely appropriate.

Chanpeer Jun 27, 2014 02:41am

What is the selection criteria for this appointment? & the selection process? Where was the add made public about this position and how many applications? Is every one sleeping and no one questions this?

Irshad Khan Jun 27, 2014 02:52am

Very strange that not a single able candidate could be found in Balochistan to manage their wealth, instead a proven corrupt Arslan Iftikhar was hired who has no experience except that he is the son of ex Chief justice.

Sultan Ali Jun 27, 2014 03:23am

is this called justice ? Iftiqar Ch. was sold out to Nawaz ... everybody knows that

Asif Jun 27, 2014 04:20am

He said that it will be an

Asif Jun 27, 2014 04:23am

@N two wrongs don't make one right.

Ray Jun 27, 2014 05:02am

To be fair, Prime Minister, Nawaz, should also provide a lucrative job without pay to real estate tycoon Malik Riaz's son or daughter, as a token of Mr. Riaz's services in hiring retired Military officers and civil bureaucrats.

jami Jun 27, 2014 05:10am

There is no need of further proof of ex CJ corruption. How state can get back his all decisions?

Sarmad Jun 27, 2014 05:42am

Arsalan Iftikhar to Dawn commentators: Investment investment hoti hai, yehan se aye ya wehan se aye.

imdadali Jun 27, 2014 10:43am

shocking news, a man who allegedly involvement in corrupt practice in past have been given responsible post in the province why?

imdadali Jun 27, 2014 10:45am

very sad news, who have played role in this appointment?

IKE Jun 27, 2014 11:01am

I always had respect for his father Iftikhar Chaudhary as a Judge. Today, I lost that respect for the elder Chaudhary. It also shows that Justice Chaudhary did something during his tenure that his son is reaping the benefit. Retired Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Justice Khawaja Muhammad Shairf wrote in his book that Our Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shabaz Sharif gave his sons envelops full of British Pounds. This is the same thing. This is corruption at its best.

IKE Jun 27, 2014 11:03am

@GM What Lawyer Movement. It was the nation not the Lawyers. Pakistani Lawyers are violent and corrupt to their cores.

A True Fact Jun 27, 2014 11:07pm

The time is not very far when the Pakistani nation will realise the whole truth of PMLN and CJ saga. They will realise what they have done to their country. But unfortunately the realisation will be too late. This election has clearly demarcated the real Pakistan! Punjab to PMLN , and Sindhi to PPP etc..this is what the PMLN and CJ wanted to achieve!

NASAH (USA) Jun 28, 2014 07:38am

Must be extraordinarily qualified for the job with years of Wall Street experience! A illustrious son of an illustrious father.

Ahmed Jun 28, 2014 10:06am

Price paid by PML(N) for the services rendered by Mr Iftikhar Choudhry for massive cheating in 2013 election.... Imran Khan is right !

I am not surprised on the silence of PPP as one thief helps other and wait for its turn.

FAM Jun 28, 2014 10:36am


You are joking, right?

Ahmed iqbal Jun 28, 2014 12:54pm

Arsalan Iftikhar, Thanks Papa, you're plan works

syed wasim haider Jun 28, 2014 02:32pm

People of Baluchistan and as well of other provinces respect Dr. A. Malik Baluch for his fairness and his love for democracy but they are shocked about this appointment. If Dr. Malik accepts such an appointment so one can think what the other CMs will do. A really bad image for Dr. Malik. Please reject this appointment.

riztiz Jun 28, 2014 03:34pm

Ex.CJ exposed

AJamal Jun 29, 2014 12:42am

This is as cruel and unjustified as Model Town firing incident.