LAHORE, March 19: The Punjab government on Monday transferred District Coordination Officer Ahad Cheema and appointed him Lahore Development Authority director general.

The government has appointed Noorul Ameen Mengal (special secretary at the Chief Minister Secretariat) as DCO.

“The LDA will have a permanent DG from Tuesday (today). After the transfer of former DG Umar Rasool some 14 months ago, the government had entrusted the additional charge to Abul Jabbar Shaheen (Parks and Horticulture Authority director general),” an official told this reporter.

Noorul Ameen Mengal belongs to Chaghi District of Balochistan. He is the first DCO belonging to Balochistan in the history of Punjab and the basic purpose of his appointment as Lahore DCO is to express solidarity with Balochistan where a sense of deprivation already prevails among the people regarding merit and resources distribution.

Earlier, Ameen Mengal has served as Gwadar DCO and additional secretary finance in Balochistan. He has also worked as political assistant, Dera Ghazi Khan, and special secretary to the Punjab chief minister.