Former bureaucratic bigwig Ahad Cheema appointed advisor to PM on Establishment

Former senior bureaucrat Ahad Cheema has been appointed as advisor to PM on establishment.

Cheema, who has served as the deputy commissioner of Lahore, director general of Lahore Development Authority, higher education department secretary and has worked for the execution of Bhikki coal power plant project, was appointed by President Dr. Arif Alvi with the status of a federal minister effective immediately.

On June 4, Ahad Cheema’s resignation from civil service was accepted by the Prime Minister’s Office.

In his resignation, Ahad Cheema had expressed that he distrusted the government as it was a “silent spectator” during his politically engineered cases by National Accountability Bureau (NAB) before the 2018 elections.

The accountability watchdog had arrested him on February 21, 2018 related to an inquiry about the Ashiana-i-Iqbal Housing Scheme.

The NAB also initiated an inquiry against him related to the LDA city scam and assets beyond means.

The former bureaucrat was given bail in all three cases in April 2021.

As a result, he had served 38 months in jail during the NAB trial.