KL NEWS NETWORK
Following the voluntary retirement of Chief Secretary, Muhammad Iqbal Khanday, three cabinet rank ministers Tuesday visited office chambers of top state official and asked him to reconsider his decision.
Top sources in the administration revealed to Kashmir Life that early today a senior PDP cabinet rank minister called upon Khanday in his office and held an hour long closed door meeting with him. However, it was learnt that Khanday was adamant with his decision.
Later in the day, two other PDP cabinet ministers held an hour and a half long closed door meeting with the Chief Secretary. “The officer did not budge from his position and instead decided against the suggestion of the cabinet ministers,” sources said. This would be the first high profile premature retirement by any government official in the incumbent five and a half month old Mufti Muhammad Sayeed led PDP-BJP government in J&K.
Elevated to the rank of Chief Secretary in 2013 by NC-Congress coalition led by Omar Abdullah, Khanday was slated to retire from his government services in November later this year; however, Morning morning he applied for voluntary retirement from the high profile job.