Islamabad: A top
official has "just made history" by re-appointing himself for
three more years, a Pakistani daily said Thursday, terming this
Sadat Anwar Kambrani, chairman of the Balochistan Development
Authority, has "just made history and re-appointed himself for a
further three years", an editorial in the News International said.
"A precedent has been set, and if allowed to stand, it has serious
Kambrani re-appointed himself on the ground that "he was not
adequately reimbursed of the perks and privileges he was due when
he was suspended, then reinstated, and that his entitlement is
best fulfilled by extending his tenure".
"This is preposterous," said the editorial.
It added: "Allowing anybody, whatever their rank, to sign their
own appointment extension in government service is so far beyond
the bounds of standard operating procedures and accepted protocols
that it is truly in the realm of Wonderland."
If one senior civil servant is allowed to get away with it, then
why not others, the editorial wondered.
It went on to say that Kambrani had been compensated with payment
of his salary in full for the period he was suspended.
"Yet...Kambrani is still firmly rooted in his seat," it said,
adding: "This matter needs swift and decisive resolution before
others jump on the bandwagon."