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Sindh govt nominates three for Sindh IGP post.

Byline: Vakeel Rao

KARACHI -- The Sindh government on Tuesday nominated three officers to replace Dr Kaleem Imam as the inspector general of police for the province.

The names include Ghulam Qadir Thebo, Kamran Fazal and Mushtaq Mahar.

Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Imran Khan, has requested the federal government to direct the Establishment Division and place 'services of one of the officers named' as the IGP for the province.

'The letter is as per the procedure in vogue, the same manner in which the Governments of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa had earlier written for change of their IGPs,' wrote Shah. 'I request your direction to Establishment Division for placing services of one of the officers named in the letter as Inspector General of Police, Sindh as was done in the case of Punjab and K-P province recently.'

Adviser to Chief Minister of Sindh on Law, Anti-Corruption Establishment, and Information Murtaza Wahab said the provincial government did not receive any recommendations from the centre. He dismissed reports that the federal government had rejected PPP government's recommended names.

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In a letter addressed to the federal government, the Sindh services secretary stated that the provincial cabinet unanimously agreed that Imam has lost 'confidence of the provincial government due to his inability to lead Sindh Police, observe federal and provincial laws, control crimes and improve the general law and order situation in the province.'

With that, the Pakistan Peoples Party government said it wanted Imam to be 'recalled immediately'.

The secretary added that the posting of the new police chief would be done through mutual consultation between the centre and the provincial government, as laid down in the Sindh Repeal of the Police Act, 1961, and Revival Police Order, 2002, Amendment Act, 2019.

The Sindh government wr0te to the establishment secretary seeking to assign a look-after charge of the post of the IGP to an additional IGP (grade BS-21) currently working in the province.

The federal government, however, in its January 17 letter underscored that 'the look-after charge of the post of IGP Sindh cannot be assigned to any additional IGP of police working in the province being not covered under the inter-provincial agreement of 1993'.

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Author:Vakeel Rao
Publication:The Express Tribune (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Jan 21, 2020
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