Appointment of G-B top cop challenged

The move will demoralise senior police officials: petitioner.

Shabbir Mir August 15, 2012


The appointment of Gilgit-Baltistan’s new Inspector General of Police (IGP) has been challenged in court.

A petition, filed by former IGP Hussain Asghar and acting IGP Wazir Muhammad Ali Khan, says that Usman Zakria’s appointment as the new IGP deprives many police officials with more seniority than him of their right to promotion.

“One of the reasons why we moved against Zakria is that he is junior to many of the police officers serving in G-B’s police department,” Hussain told The Express Tribune on Tuesday. Hussain was suspended from his post in July 2011 on the orders of Supreme Court last year when he failed to report back to the Federal Investigation Agency in the Hajj scam case. Khan had been appointed as the acting IGP in his place.

Last year, the G-B government had asked the federal government to transfer Zakria to G-B to fill a vacant Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG). Last week he was promoted to the post of IGP.

“Zakria was promoted to grade-20 last year while we have at least four DIGs senior to him who were promoted to grade-20 six to seven years back,” Hussain said, adding that appointment of a junior official will demoralise other senior officials working in police department.

Hussain said that former IGP Hussain Asghar is still drawing his salary from G-B government. “Importing” a new IGP would mean the G-B government would have to provide salaries to two IGPs simultaneously, which is not in the region’s interests. The court will hear the case on Wednesday.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2012.


deejay hajat | 11 years ago | Reply

THEY ARE MAKING FOOL, the people of GB. man why do they give salaries to the two IGP'S, as we are already being given a small share in the national budget, it's insane, same to the govt of GB, tell them to grow up, tell them to solve the problems of people of GB. rather solving the problems of the people they are indulged in their own created mess. people are dying out there. they are a kinda playing game with the people of GB. as we federal administered, so pay salaries to them from the budget of federal govt, not cutt it from GB's share. we dont have any problem with an IGP or what ever. waht we need is concentration towards our problems, we need development of our area, we need dedicated officers, not the robbers, if the companions of peace the officials responsible for police administration, would by themselves indulge in these kond of issues, what will be the future of this area. common mehdi shah, wazir baig, karam ali shah, razi uddin, jamil ahmed, sadia danish, muhammad ali akhter, raja sehbaz, please grow up damn, GB needs other issues to be solved, we are public we dont have a concern with your problems, you are officers rather you must concentrate on our problems,

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