Change of guard: Shahid Baloch replaces Fayyaz Leghari as the police chief of Sindh

Published: March 23, 2013
File photo of Inspector General (IG) of Sindh Police Fayyaz Leghari. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

File photo of Inspector General (IG) of Sindh Police Fayyaz Leghari. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE


Shahid Nadeem Baloch, a grade-21 officer of the Police Service of Pakistan has been appointed as the new chief of Sindh Police on Friday.

Baloch replaces Fayyaz Leghari, who was serving as Sindh IGP since July 10, 2012, when he was reappointed to the post. Leghari was surrendered to the federal government following the blast in Abbas Town. During the transition, Ghulam Shabbir Shaikh was the acting IGP.

Baloch had worked with the police department in the 1990s. He was SSP for district Central, SSP Malir and SSP West between 1989 and 1997. He also served as Finance AIG. After leaving the police department, he was posted to the Federal Investigation Agency on deputation, where he spent at least 10 years. Before taking the Sindh IGP position, Baloch was serving as the director of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. He would retire on February 21, 2014.

The Supreme Court bench hearing the Karachi violence case on Thursday had expressed its disappointment that the government had not appointed a permanent IG. They were notified of Baloch’s appointment on Friday.

Son of a professional lawyer, Baloch hails from Shikarpur and is considered a competent, polite officer. He is expected to take charge on Monday. “I will reach Karachi on Saturday (today) and then see what will happen,” Baloch told The Express Tribune. “In order to figure out how to deal with the law and order situation, I will have to study the whole situation and then formulate a strategy.”

Published in The Express Tribune, March 23rd, 2013.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Mar 23, 2013 - 2:34AM

    Dear Mr. Shahid Nadeem Baluch:

    There is not much time left to study the whole situation and then formulate the strategy, as date of election is just around the corner.

    Your immediate duty is to apprehend all the culprits from Karachi and then take them to the task and put them behind the bars.

    If you are so competent, I am sure that not a single person would die in the target killing and there should be no bomb blast and the suicide bombers should not explode themselves in the crowded place of Karachi.

    All Police Officials knows very well as “who is who” and where the target killers are hiding. If Police wants to restore peace in Karachi, it can do it just in one day, but there should be a will to do do.

    Usually Police Officials do not care what is happening in Karachi. At the time of incident, Police Officials are the ones who ran away from the scene very quickly, in order to save their lives, instead of protecting the unarmed citizens, lives of the innocent people and their properties.


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