Political Administrators: The Story of the Civil Service of Pakistan

Hardcover | June 15, 2011

byAminullah Chaudry

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In the sixty-three years since Pakistan's independence, military dictators have ruled for thirty-three. For the remaining thirty, we have had politicians ranging from the autocratic to the corrupt and inept to the clueless. These fluctuations between dictatorship and democracy could have beenabsorbed by a country with a functional and reasonably neutral civil service. Pakistan inherited a well-oiled machine in the form of a bureaucracy that had at its core the Indian Civil Service (ICS). Within no time at all, its successor the Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP) first forged an alliance with the Army and actively undermined the democratic process. After theannihilation of the former in what was then East Pakistan in 1971, the bureaucracy aligned itself with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and after the coup of 1977 put all its weight behind Gen. Ziaul Haq. This flip-flop continued through the so-called democratic regimes of Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif and thedictatorship of Gen Pervez Musharraf. The institutional rot occasioned by these shenanigans did incalculable and perhaps irreversible harm to the civil service in Pakistan. The ability of this institution to deliver was seriously undermined. In sharp contrast, neighbour India which inherited the same structure, successfully adapted itto meet the demands of a democratic order. In Pakistan the crumbling structure of the civil service has been highlighted by political analysts and academicians, but rarely by an individual from within. As and when civil servants have written, they have made an unsuccessful attempt to emphasize their neutrality, quoting instances of how theyresisted political pressure. It is time that the truth is recorded. To make the book appealing, personal experiences of the author in field assignments (Subdivision, District, and Division) and the Secretariat of the Province and the Federation are related.

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In the sixty-three years since Pakistan's independence, military dictators have ruled for thirty-three. For the remaining thirty, we have had politicians ranging from the autocratic to the corrupt and inept to the clueless. These fluctuations between dictatorship and democracy could have beenabsorbed by a country with a functional and ...

Aminullah Chaudry was born in 1944. Educated at Aitchison College, Lahore and Government College, Lahore he has an Honours Degree in Physics from the Punjab University. Later he went to the London School of Economics where he worked for an LL.M in Corporate Law. Aminullah Chaudry joined the Civil Service of Pakistan in 1967. He has wor...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:June 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ProloguePart I: The Founding Fathers1. Indian Civil Service2. Civil Service of PakistanPart II: Training3. Civil Service AcademyPart III: Reforming the System4. Purges, Screenings and Reforms5. Administrative Reforms from Bhutto to Naqvi6. Army Ingress into Civil BureaucracyPart IV: Field and Staff Appointments7. In the Sub Divisions8. A District Assignment9. Provincial Secretariat10. Commissioner Faisalabad Division11. Local Government Department12. Commissioner Lahore Division13. Back to Provincial Headquarters14. Leghari's Caretakers13. Civil Aviation AuthorityEpilogueEpilogue IIIndexAnnexures:1. I.C.S officers inducted into C.S.P2. War Service appointments to I.C.S3. I.P.S officers inducted into C.S.P4. I.C.S officers inducted by contract into C.S.P5. I.P.S officers inducted by contract into C.S.P6. I.C.S officers inducted into P.F.S7. Officers appointed to the C.S.P on the basis of competitive examinations conducted by the Central/Federal Public Service Commission (names in order of merit)8. Officers inducted from the Armed Forces into C.S.P without recourse to F.P.S.C9. Officers appointed into C.S.P from other services10. Officers appointed into C.S.P from other All India Services11. Administrative reorganization Commissions/Committees12. C.S.P officers removed through Martial Law Orders13. C.S.P officers promoted out of turn in Lateral Entry Scheme of 1973 Reforms