Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s aide Sumair Ahmad Syed has been appointed secretary to the caretaker Chief Minister Punjab, presumably to micromanage the Punjab government in accordance with the premier’s instructions.
Up until the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and its ally PML-Q took over the provincial government Sumair Syed, a BS-19 officer, served as the Shehbaz Sharif’s personal staff officer (PSO).
Syed’s services were made available to the Punjab government as soon as the caretaker government was established following the dissolution of the provincial assembly early this week, just one day after PML-N candidate Mohsin Naqvi was chosen as the caretaker chief minister late on the evening of January 22.
When Shehbaz Sharif held the Punjab chief executive position till 2018, Sumair Syed additionally worked as the chief minister’s personal staff officer. He was also the deputy commissioner for Lahore. He was then sent to Gilgit-Baltistan while the PTI was in power in the Punjab and the Centre.
It should be noted that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has approved all transfers and postings in Punjab since the commission had previously prohibited moving public personnel within the province as well as to and from it.