Islamabad, January 14: On recommendation of the NATCO Gilgit – Baltistan Board of Directors, the acting governor has promoted MD Zafar Iqbal to grade 21. His promotion has been officially notified. Zafar Iqbal has been heading NATCO GB for the past 20 years. According to information the BoD had recommended Zafar’s promotion in March 2010, under NATCO Service Rules.
He has worked hard for success of the organization and at the moment NATCO is the only successful semi-government public transport company of Pakistan. NATCO has expanded services from Gilgit – Baltistan to Chitral, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Karachi, operating a fleet of 300 buses. NATCO is also responsible for supply of wheat and other essentials.
The decision of Zafar’s promotion to 21st grade has been lauded in Gojal Valley and other parts of Gilgit – Baltisatn. However, some forces do not seem to be happy. Technocrat member of the Gilgit – Baltistan Legislative Assembly, Amjad Advocate, has been vocally opposing Zafar Iqbal by issuing statements in the regional press.
Employees Association of NATCO has hailed the decision and termed it a very important step for success of the organization.
Zafar Iqbal’s life story is full of highs and lows. As a student in Karachi, he also worked at a factory as a labourer and one of his fingers got chopped off in a machine. During the Musharraf regime, he was suspended by Faisal Saleh Hayat on charges of corruption and made an OSD. However, he was reinstated by the competent authorities because none of the charges could be proved against him.
For a brief period of time Zafar has also worked for the AKRSP, before joining NATCO Gilgit – Baltistan. He holds a degree in law and another in commerce. He is also a prominent social leader and has served as President of the Ismaili Regional Council for Gilgit.