Court order stopping Sindh IGP from working inappropriate, says CM Murad

Murad expresses hope that K-P, Sindh police collaboration will aid in Dua Zehra's recovery

Our Correspondent May 31, 2022
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. PHOTO: FILE


Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday has termed the Sindh High Court’s (SHC) order asking the provincial acting Inspector General of Police Kamran Fazal to stop working for failing to present Dua Zehra in court as inappropriate.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony of Rescue 1122 in Karachi, the chief minister said: "We esteem the court’s decisions with respect and dignity but the order regarding the removal of IG Fazal is inappropriate.”

Murad also confirmed that consultations were underway with the federal government for the appointment of an IGP in Sindh.

On May 18, following an uptick in terror incidents and worsening law and order situation in Sindh, the provincial government transferred IGP Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar to the Establishment Division.

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The Sindh government had notified that Dr Kamran Fazal had been assigned to hold the acting charge of IG till further orders.

“While the appointment of the provincial IG is being made in consultation with the federal government, a senior police officer was appointed to the post," CM Sindh informed the participants of the ceremony.

The minister maintained that steps were being taken to ensure the safety of citizens.

“Two girls from Sindh went missing and got married at an early age in Punjab because underage marriage is not allowed in the province,” Murad explained.

He furthered that while one missing girl had been found, the other was allegedly in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Murad revealed that he has requested help from the chief minister of K-P in teen Dua Zehra's case, adding that senior police officials from both the provinces are collaborating on the case.

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“Hopefully, together, they will get the girl back,” CM Murad said.

The minister’s remarks come in light of the SHC’s displeasure at the provincial law enforcement's failure to present teen Dua Zehra in court.

The criticism resulted in Justice Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro’s order asking Fazal to stop working.

While a petition regarding the alleged abduction of the teen was heard, despite court orders issued on May 12, the provincial police force failed to present Dua in court.

The court stated that the report submitted by the top police official of Sindh was 'unrealistic' and was rejected.


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