KARACHI: In yet another attempt to remove Sindh police chief A D Khawaja, the provincial cabinet decided on Saturday to send the names of three senior officers to the federal government as replacement.
The three names approved by the cabinet are likely to be sent to the federal government on Monday. Sources in Sindh government told The Express Tribune that the names of Sardar Abdul Majeed Dasti, Ghulam Qadir Thebo and Motorway Police Inspector General Kaleem Imam were recommended for the slot.
"The name of Dasti is on top of the list and he is likely to replace the Sindh IG," an official said.
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The Sindh High Court ordered IG Khawaja on September 7 to continue serving on the post after the province surrendered his service to the federal government in April. Civil society activists had challenged the provincial government’s decision in the court. The IG was also asked to draft rules and fix the tenure of posting for police officers, including his own post. The rules are supposed to be approved by the cabinet.
"The IG has finalised the rules and it was on the cabinet meeting’s agenda on Saturday, but the government deferred it," said Shujaudin Qureshi, member of one of the civil society groups that had approached the court.
But Sindh Advocate General Barrister Zameer Ghumro said the case was different.
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"The IG is a junior officer of grade 21 working on the senior position in his own pay scale (OPS), which is against a decision of the Supreme Court so we have decided to remove him from the post," Ghumro said.
"The SC has strictly ordered the removal of all junior officers working on senior positions so we are complying with the orders. The SHC also termed it a provincial matter, asking us to follow the proper procedure against officers serving on an OPS basis. So the cabinet, which is the competent authority, has now taken this decision," he added.
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