Power division secretary goes on leave amid crisis

ISLAMABAD: Power Division Secretary Yousaf Naseem Khokhar on Friday jumped the government ship amid disagreements over a series of contentious matters, including K-Electric, fresh government-to-government deals for power projects and smart meters.

A grade-22 officer of the Pakistan Administrative Service, Mr Khokhar went on a 14-day leave — exactly the remaining life of the PML-N government — after spending over a year in office and just two days after a major power breakdown in the country.

Informed sources said Power Minister Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari was unhappy with the lack of support from the secretary over some policy issues that he wanted to conclude under a limited tenure, but last four to five months were full of tension between political and administrative heads of the power division.

Published in Dawn, 19th May, 2018