Sindh may surrender services of its top cop to Centre

Published: March 8, 2017
PPP’s government had earlier sent Allah Dino Khawaja on ‘forced leave’ due to differences on multiple issues. PHOTO: ONLINE

PPP’s government had earlier sent Allah Dino Khawaja on ‘forced leave’ due to differences on multiple issues. PHOTO: ONLINE

KARACHI: The Sindh government may surrender the services of Sindh Inspector General of Police Allah Dino Khawaja to the federal government.

Moreover, the name of the new IG has also been shortlisted, The Express Tribune learnt on Tuesday.

AD Khawaja was appointed as IG Sindh Police in March 2016 after the federal government removed former Sindh IGP Ghulam Hyder Jamali from his post.

“Under the existing rules of business, any provincial government can surrender the services of any federal officer posted in the province through a notification issued by the Establishment Division,” revealed a well-placed source in Sindh police to The Express Tribune.

AD Khawaja retakes charge as IG Sindh

“People should not forget what the provincial government did with former IGP Sindh Iqbal Mehmood. His services were also surrendered to the federal government after differences cropped up between the government and the IG over.”

After assuming charge, Khawaja led a three-member fact-finding committee to inquire into the allegation of corruption, illegal appointments in police. The findings of the reports led to the sacking of Jamali over corruption charges.

On December 19, Khawaja was sent on forced leave by the provincial government while the responsibilities of the IG Sindh were handed over to Additional IG Karachi Mushtaq Mahar. However, after a few days of the controversy, he resumed charge of his office.

He was sent on forced leave, but after criticism from civil society and the court’s stay, the Sindh government was forced to reconsider its decision.

SHC issues stay order against removal of IG Sindh

The PPP’s government had sent the top police official on ‘forced leave’ due to differences on multiple issues relating to recruitment, appointments and transfer and postings in the Sindh police.

“Last time, besides transfer and postings of police officials, the dispute between Khawaja and one of Asif Ali Zardari’s close aides – a businessman – after a police raid at a sugarcane mill in Sindh was the major reason,” a senior police official explained.

“But this time, the transfer and posting issue yet again became the main reason.”

Tussle between Sindh IG and govt

The issue of transfers and postings of certain police officers in the Sindh Police has apparently created a rift between Khawaja and the provincial government.

Asad Aijaz Malhi, who was transferred and posted as Tando Muhammad Khan SP by the IG Sindh has now been removed and Naseem Ara Panhwar has been appointed as his replacement. Panhwar is a known supporter of the PPP. Panhwar was removed from the post of the SP Tando Muhammad Khan soon after Khawaja took charge in March last year.

The recent appointment of Rao Anwar as SSP Malir did not go down well with the police chief.

Sindh’s top cop sent on ‘forced leave’

Who will be the next Sindh IG?

Former Karachi police chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo, who has been serving as chairman of the anti-corruption department, is on the top while the name of Additional IG Research and Development Abdul Majeed Dasti is also being considered for the post.

“There are three most senior police officers – Additional IG Traffic Khadim Hussain Bhatti, Ghulam Qadir Thebo and Majeed Dasti. They are senior to Khawaja but Thebo’s name is on the top of the list,” explained a source.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 8th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Sindh-citizen
    Mar 8, 2017 - 12:19PM

    musical chair game in Sindh will go on- Zardaris of this province will not let things go forward at any costRecommend

  • Syed
    Mar 8, 2017 - 1:28PM

    Dirty games , No prosperity in Sindh till these Corrupt Rulers kicked out. at least no hope till then for any good. Recommend

  • Imran Qadri
    Mar 8, 2017 - 2:16PM

    In a corruption plagued police department, AD Khawaja is an upright and non corrupt officer & and its no surprise that he is unable to survive & is being constantly being removed from his post in province being ruled by most corrupt party. People of Sindh & Karachi would definitely miss him if he is removed from his post. After previous DG Ranger’s transfer & now Sindh IG’s transfer, Karachi operation would loose its steam too & it would embolden terrorist & criminals.Recommend

  • Zaheer
    Mar 8, 2017 - 3:19PM

    No doubt the Sindh government does not like an honest person like IGP A.D. Khawaja as co-chairman PPP is uncomfortable with Khawaja’s posting as this IGP is sincere with his job and wish to eliminate corruption in the department which the corrupt political elite of Sindh does not like. Now it is clear that the police in Sindh is politicized and being used for political victimization, nepotism, corruption and money minting tool for corrupt people. Unluckily present Head of Sindh Police neither corrupt nor he supports corruption in the province. Under his leadership the police is doing a great job specially in Karachi and their crackdown against criminals, terrorists and gangsters is not a hidden fact as everyone witnessing the number of crimes have been decreased through his bold steps and efforts. Importantly the issue of SSP Malir and a raid on a sugarcane mill of Zardari’s friend is the main cause which led the Sindh govt to surrender his services. The bottom line is Corrupt People Do Not Live With Honest Persons.Recommend

  • Ayesha Aly
    Mar 8, 2017 - 7:37PM

    Mr. A.D.Khwaja is doing wonderful job.He should not be transferedRecommend

  • javed ali
    Mar 9, 2017 - 8:16AM

    PPP in Sindh has broken all records of corruption.Recommend

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