Defying apex court: Shah refuses to relieve G-B police chief

Published: July 12, 2012

CM insists IGP cannot be posted without his consultation. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

GILGIT: 

In clear defiance of an apex court order, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Mehdi Shah has refused to relieve the regional police chief, Hussain Asghar, from his duties until a replacement of his choice is sent in by the federal government.

“I am the chief minister and I will relieve him (Asghar) only after I get a replacement of my choice,” Shah told reporters on Wednesday. Shah recently received choices from the federal government for new inspector general of police, but all of them were due to retire in three months.

“It wasn’t possible for us to appoint a new IGP for only three months,” Shah said, adding that as per law, IGP’s appointment cannot be made without consultation with the regional chief executive.

“This time, I have proposed some names and if we get an appropriate official to replace Asghar, we will relieve him soon,” he said.

Asghar, a former Federal Investigation Agency director, was investigating the infamous Hajj corruption scam before he was abruptly transferred to Gilgit last year.

The Supreme Court had ordered Asghar’s reinstatement in the FIA to continue investigating the scam. Shah, however, declined to relieve him on grounds that he was not consulted on the transfer.

Despite the court’s directives to suspend Asghar from his current post and block his salary for failing to report back to the FIA, Shah said the G-B police chief would continue working in his capacity.

Last week, Shah said the Supreme Court orders cannot be enforced in G-B, given the vague constitutional status of the region.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • neltajohn
    Jul 12, 2012 - 10:59AM

    It is time that some one in authority stood up to the Chiief Justice. Will the CJ issue a contempt of court notice to the Chief Minister?

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  • Salman
    Jul 12, 2012 - 2:09PM

    to release him not relieve

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  • Aly Sakhi
    Jul 12, 2012 - 2:27PM

    GB doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of prestigious supreme court of Pakistan. How can a judge than orders ?? firstly SC of Pakistan should take suo motu action against the controversial constitutional status of GB.

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  • Noor
    Jul 12, 2012 - 3:48PM

    Strange. The CM doesn’t see the “vagueness in GB’s constitutional status” when supporting mega projects in the region!

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  • jamal khan
    Jul 13, 2012 - 2:13AM

    @Aly Sakhi. if GB doesnt fall under the jurisdictions of supreme court,then why some people are demanding the chief justice to take suo moto action aganist the killings in GB.?

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