Chief Secretary Punjab

The Chief Secretary Punjab (Urdu: مُعْتَمَدِ اعلٰی پنجاب), also referred to as CS Punjab, is the bureaucratic chief and highest-ranking official of the Government of Punjab, Pakistan. The appointment of the Chief Secretary is made directly by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The position of Chief Secretary is equivalent to the rank of Federal Secretary and the position holder usually belongs to the Pakistan Administrative Service.[1]

Chief Secretary Punjab
Zahid Akhtar Zaman
since January 2023
Reports toChief Minister of Punjab
AppointerPrime Minister of Pakistan
WebsiteGovernment of Punjab

The Chief Secretary is the province's administrative boss as all the divisional commissioners and administrative secretaries of the province report to him/her. The CS in return reports to the Chief Minister of Punjab, however the Chief Secretary is not under the charge of the Chief Minister as only the Prime Minister can appoint or remove the CS from his position. The Chief Secretary also serves as the Chief Advisor to the Chief Minister and as Secretary to the provincial Cabinet.[2]

List of Chief Secretaries edit

The following table lists down the names of chief secretaries that have remained in office since December 2003.

No. Name of Chief Secretary Entered Office Left Office
1 Kamran Rasool December 2003 October 2005
2 Salman Siddique October 2005 March 2008
3 Javed Mehmood March 2008 February 2009
4 Najibullah Malik February 2009 April 2009
5 Javed Mehmood April 2009 February 2010
6 Nasir Mahmood Khosa February 2010 April 2013
7 Javed Iqbal April 2013 October 2013
8 Naveed Akram Cheema October 2013 January 2015
9 Khizar Hayat Gondal January 2015 April 2016
10 Capt (Rtd) Zahid Saeed April 2016 June 2018
11 Akbar Hussain Durrani June 2018 October 2018
12 Yousuf Naseem Khokhar October 2018 November 2019
13 Maj (Rtd) Azam Suleman Khan November 2019 April 2020
14 Jawad Rafique Malik April 2020 September 2021
15 Kamran Ali Afzal[3] September 2021 September 2022
16 Abdullah Khan Sumbal September 2022 January 2023
17 Zahid Akhtar Zaman January 2023 Incumbent

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Provincial Departments - Punjab Portal".
  2. ^ "Several bureaucrats in race to become CS".
  3. ^ "Federal cabinet appoints Kamran Ali Afzal as Punjab chief secretary, Sardar Ali Khan as Punjab IGP". Dawn (newspaper). 7 September 2021. Retrieved 7 September 2021.