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Cabinet confirms Lt Gen Afsar’s appointment as Nadra chairman

The previous caretaker government had October 3, 2023, appointed Lt Gen Munir Afsar as Nadra chairman

By Our Correspondent
March 30, 2024
Lt Gen Munir Afsar. — NDU/file
Lt Gen Munir Afsar. — NDU/file

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has approved the appointment of an in-service army officer as permanent chairman of National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), the authority sources said Friday.

The approval was given for appointment of Lt Gen Munir Afsar as Nadra chairman for three years. The cabinet also approved inclusion of a relevant rule regarding appointment of an in-service officer as Nadra chairman, the sources said.

The previous caretaker government had October 3, 2023, appointed Lt Gen Munir Afsar as Nadra chairman till further orders.

The sources further disclosed that the federal cabinet gave its consent to the Interior Ministry’s summary through circulation.

The appointment and relevant rules originally made by the caretaker government needed to be endorsed by the new elected government.

Under Election Act, appointment made under Section 230 is considered for a brief period, the sources maintained.

Now the federal government has sanctioned adding Rule 7A to the Nadra Rules 2020, under which an in-service officer can be appointed as authority’s chairman in national interest, provided he or she does not hold a post lower than Grade 21, they added.

Lt-Gen Munir Afsar holds an MPhil in Public Policy and National Security Management and has authored a research paper on public policy responses within the GIS sector during the 2010 floods.

Furthermore, General Afsar holds an MS in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing. His outstanding work in this field earned him the prestigious Presidential Award for his thesis, which focused on the rapid creation of geographic data through photometry.

He has also completed his MS in National Resource Strategy, specialising in C&IT Industry and Supply Chain Management, at NDU, Washington, DC, where he was recognised as a distinguished graduate.