KARACHI: The federal government on Thursday officially confirmed the appointment of Shabbar Zaidi as the new chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on an “honorary and pro bono basis for a period of two years with immediate effect”.[the_ad id=”31605″]The appointment, first announced by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, was today notified by the Establishment Division. The notification, however, did not say if Zaidi will also be given the additional charge of secretary revenue — a portfolio traditionally and jointly held by the FBR chairman.
A summary accompanying the notification noted that Dr Ahmad Mujtaba Memon’s named was initially discussed by the selection committee for the FBR chairmanship but he was eventually deemed “too junior” by the committee.
Subsequently, upon the recommendation of prime minister’s adviser on finance, Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Zaidi was considered for the position.