Sartaj Aziz’s resignation from Planning Commission creates leadership vacuum

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Sartaj Aziz has submitted his resignation, which may create a leadership vacuum in the organisation and could make bureaucrats more powerful.

Aziz, who had been appointed as deputy chairman by former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in August last year, was among four political appointees of the previous PML-N government. Three of them have resigned from their positions while Marvi Memon, chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Programme, was removed after she refused to submit her resignation.

Earlier, Naeem Zamindar, chairman of the Board of Investment, and Nasser Khan Janjua, the national security advisor, had also tendered their resignations.

There was no reason to continue after the end of the PML-N tenure, said Aziz while confirming the development.

The competent authority has been pleased to accept the resignation tendered by Aziz from the post of deputy chairman with effect from June 1, 2018, according to a notification issued by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform on Thursday.

Aziz stopped attending office after the PML-N government completed its five-year tenure on May 31. During his ten-month short-term, he tried to improve working of the Planning Commission. Aziz had been given the status of a federal minister.

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