Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Hafeez Shaikh’s close aide to replace Younus Dhaga


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

The government obvious to unseat Finance Secretary Younus Secretary Dhaga by replacing Naveed Kamran Baloch, close aide to Dr Hafeez Shaikh, a well-informed source told World News Observer.

It was learnt that the incumbent government was uncomfortable with the performance of Younus Dhaga or else need to sideline YD with an influence of powered lobby.

Furthermore,Dr Hafeez Shaikh hired a retired officer as incharge of the finance minister’s office who served him as team member during 2011-2013.

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As per the federal government rules, after the age of 65 retired officer stands disqualified for rehiring at any government job.

Source further revealed that since the officer (Taj) took the charge as Senior Private Secretary to the FM office, every document moves through his table.

It is to be noted that Younus Dhaga was a lead member of the delegation which negotiated the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) team in China last week.

Dhaga also played an important role in Pakistan’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and for reasons yet to know, the then Finance minister (elected member of National Assembly) Asad Umar was sacked for the ministry following the Governor State bank.

Stalwarts of leading business associations claimed that the performance of Younus Dhaga was comparatively better than the past secretaries. However, since the arrival of influenced finance adviser, YD including other advisors of PM were sidelined.

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