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Rules empower Prime Minister to give verbal orders: officials.

ISLAMABAD, June 10, 2011 (Frontier Star): The Prime Minister, under the rules of business, legal has the authority to give verbal instructions especially for transfers and postings of the civil servants, officials told on Thursday. According to the officials who requested not to be named, the Rules of Business 1973 empowers the Prime Minister to give verbal orders on any matter including posting and transfers of any officer. Therefore, they pointed out that the proceedings of the Supreme Court on NICL scam mainly the statement of the Secretary Establishment was not reported in a proper context. They said the Secretary Establishment had stated before the honourable court that Mr. Zafar Qureshi, FIA, Investigation Officer probing the scam, was transferred on the verbal orders of the Prime Minister. His statement was mere description of the relevant rules, the officials added. In short verbal order by the PM for transfers and postings is not just a norm but also a provision under the Rules of Business 1973, they maintained. According to the Rules of Business 1973, the competent authority i.e. the Prime Minister of Pakistan has the legal authority to give verbal orders on any matter including posting and transfer of any officer, an official of the Establishment Division confirmed. However, he rushed to add, the Secretary concerned or the officer receiving the orders has to record those orders and send the same to the competent authority for confirmation. According to officials, the same procedure was followed in this matter of Mr. Zafar Qureshis transfer, as well. The verbal orders of the Prime Minister were duly recorded on papers and the same were approved by the competent authority.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 10, 2011
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