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ISLAMABAD: Afzal Latif, a Pakistan Administrative Services (PAS) BPS-21 officer, has been appointed chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

His predecessor, Ishrat Ali, is also a BPS-21 officer from the PAS. He has been appointed director general of immigration and passports, under the Interior Division, with immediate effect.

According to notifications available with Dawn, Mr Latif was the Establishment Divisionadditional secretaryand has been appointed member of the CDA board.

In the second paragraph of one of the notifications, it is stated that Mr Latif has been appointed CDA chairman.

A CDA official said that according to the 1960 CDA Ordinance, only a member of the board can become chairman of the CDA.

“Whenever an officer from outside the CDA is appointed chairman, he has to get the charge of board member and then he is appointed CDA chairman,” he said.

“In the past, two directors general of immigration and passports became CDA chairmen consecutively, so we were expecting that Immigration and Passports Director General Amer Ali Ahmed would be made CDA chairman, but he has been transferred and posted as joint secretary of the Economic Affairs Division,” the official said.

Published in Dawn, September 2nd, 2018