CTD Sindh under fire for being ‘dysfunctional’

DIG Asif Ijaz threatens to shut down CTD offices during a meeting

Taha Obaidi June 11, 2024


The Sindh Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) was criticised for its inactivity, with Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Asif Ijaz Sheikh threatening to shut down its offices during an emergency meeting.

DIG Sheikh held an emergency meeting at the CTD office on Monday, where he questioned the officers about their performance, including their handling of Japanese nationals attacked in the city, police officers targeted, and the number of militants arrested in connection with the murder of civilians resisting dacoity.

The officer's inquiry was met with silence.

Irked by the lack of response, DIG Sheikh expressed anger, questioning the expenditure of millions of rupees on the Sindh Police if it yielded poor performance.

He suggested closing the CTD if incompetence persisted and demanded concrete results, including the arrest of terrorists in major cases.

DIG Sheikh also scrutinised the substantial personnel deployed in the CTD, questioning their roles given the department's lack of performance. Despite multiple cells within the CTD, officers had no significant achievements to report, he maintained.

Speaking to Express News, DIG Sheikh revealed that Inspector General (IG) Sindh Ghulam Nabi Memon was dissatisfied with the CTD officers' performance, leading to the emergency meeting.

In the past two months, three cases of kidnapping for ransom have been registered against CTD personnel, with more than 12 officers arrested and removed from their positions. Some officers have been dismissed for involvement in illegal activities.


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