JAFFREY, VASEEM A (1925- ) Born in Allahabad, India, Jaffrey joined the elitist Civil Service of Pakistan in 1949 soon after independence and after a brief tenure as a district officer moved to the West Pakistan secretariat in Lahore to hold senior economic positions While Lahore was the capital of West Pakistan, Jaffrey held the positions of secretary of finance, additional chief secretary of planning and development, and chairman of the planning board In 1971, he was transferred to the central government where he served as secretary of commerce, secretary of planning, and finally governor of the State Bank, Pakistan’s central bank Some policy differences with Mahbubul Haq, President Zia ul-Haq’s finance minister, led him to resign from the State Bank in the summer of 1988 In December 1988, following the assumption of office by Benazir Bhutto, he was appointed economic advisor to the prime ministerHe left office on 6 August 1990, following the dismissal of the government of Benazir Bhutto, but he returned to the position he had held in Benazir Bhutto’s first administration when she returned to power as prime minister in October 1993 This time, Jaffrey had to share even his advisory position with a number of other officials who were influential in different ways The group included Shahid Hassan Khan, who was the prime minister’s advisor on energy and power; Qazi Alimullah, the deputy chairman of the planning commission; and Javed Talat, secretary of the finance division This division of power among so many different people produced a sense of drift on economic matters during Benazir Bhutto’s second tenure in office

It was widely believed that Asif Ali Zardari, the prime minister’s husband, exercised the real authority in economic decision-making Vaseem Jaffrey left the government following the dismissal of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto by President Farooq Leghari on 5 November 1996

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