With the Supreme Court breathing down its neck, the Sindh government sent 24 police officers, who were absorbed into the police from other departments, back to their original posts on Wednesday.
This move came a day after more than 400 government officials who were appointed against merit were removed from their lucrative posts, on the directives of the Supreme Court. According to a notification issued by services, general administration and coordination department, the Sindh government has now relieved all these police officers and directed them to report to their parent organisations. Some of the officers enjoying DSP and SSP ranks had been moved from departments, such as the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), excise and taxation and even the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA). The lure of the political clout that police officers in the province enjoy, these officers were absorbed into the police department. For instance, the government had appointed Muhammad Ali Baloch, an assistant director in the police’s computer department as a DSP, who later served as SP and SPP as well. Meanwhile, Muhammad Rizwan Soomro, brother of Pakistan Peoples Party leader Ayaz Soomro - who was earlier working at the National Accountability Bureau - was absorbed into police on the post of a DSP.
Pemra’s Sheeraz Asghar Shaikh also secured for himself the post of a DSP while NADRA’s Muhammad Naeem also managed to get himself appointed as a DSP in the police department, where he later worked as an SP as well.
Similarly, Waseem Khawaja - who was working in the excise and taxation department - was appointed as a DSP, while Dost Ali Baloch - who was actually working at the Intelligence Bureau - went on to get the senior post of SSP grade 18. The Federal Intelligence Agency’s Muhammad Malik also secured for himself a grade-19 SSP post, along with Zameer Ahmed, who was given a DSP rank despite his appointment in NAB.
The notification issued on Wednesday also revealed that some officers from Balochistan were also absorbed into Sindh police. Hussain Ahmed Lehri, Nisar Ahmed Bullo and Zulfiqar Ali Bullo were among those who were working in the police department in Balochistan but had been posted in Sindh as DSPs and inspectors.
The absorption orders for Ghulam Rasool Kora, an employee of Shah Abdul Latif University inducted as a police inspector, Nazir Ahmed Abro, who was a public prosecutor and was made inspector, and Gul Hassan Zardaria, an IB official, have also been withdrawn.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 4th, 2013.
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