Centre disagrees with Sindh government names for new IG police because federal government recommended different nominees.
The federal government recommended ex-chief of Karachi Police Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh, Additional IG Ghulam Nabi Memon and AIG Establishment and Training Dr Aftab Ahmed Pathan.
Centre disagrees with Sindh government
Although adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister on Law, Barrister Murtaza Wahab claimed no difference over new IG with the Centre, the latter’s nominees showed differences.
On the one hand, Sindh and Centre remain on different page on the new IG, and on the other police department also defended IG Kaleem Imam.
A private news channel reported police department’s rejoinder to provincial government’s charge sheet against Kaleem Imam. It blamed political interference behind developments relating to Kaleem Imam.
However, the channel also reported agreement of some leader of ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s Sindh leadership and some leaders of Sindh’s ruling Pakistan Peoples Party on the name of Dr Amir.
Sindh cabinet decision
On 15th January, 2020, Sindh cabinet approved removal of Kaleem Imam as IG police due to complaints.
The cabinet made this approval during an emergency meeting which Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presided.
It unanimously decided to write a letter to the federal government regarding the appointment of new IGP. For that, the meeting floated three names viz. Ghulam Qadir Thebo, Mustaq Meher and Kamran Fazal.
Sindh government stance
Meanwhile, Minister Saeed Ghani referred to irresponsible attitude and statements as the cause behind Sindh cabinet decision.
Moreover, Chief Minister asserted that he wants to keep the police separate from the politics.
He said that the police chief should refrain from giving political statements. He taunted him suggesting that the police officer fond of politics should do politics.
Non-cooperation with the Sindh government, failure to implement directives issued from the CM House, and frequent absence in key meetings of the government mentioned as reasons.
GTV reported in December
In December last year, absence of IG police had irked Sindh cabinet.