The out-of-turn promotions of 59 police officials have been cancelled according to a notification issued by the Sindh government on Saturday.
Around 12 officers, however, will continue to work at their posts of promotion - Crime Investigation Department’s Anti-Extremist Cell Chief, SSP Chaudhry Aslam Khan, CID’s Counter Terrorism and Financial Crime Investigation Unit Chief SSP Raja Umer Khattab, Anti-Violent Crime Cell Chief SSP Niaz Khosa, Special Investigation Unit Chief SSP Farooq Awan, SSP Khurram Waris, CID SSP Fayyaz Khan, CID SP Mazhar Mashwani, DSP Ali Raza, DSP Usman Asghar, DSP Wasif Qureshi, DSP Amir Hameed and DSP Rao Aslam.
Source in the legal department of the Sindh police told The Express Tribune that the Sindh Advocate General has submitted the report to the apex court which states that the government has cancelled the promotions of 59 police officials. The Sindh AG also reportedly asked the court for time till August 2 to cancel the promotions of the remaining 12 officials.
The government’s selective demotions have not gone down well with the 59 officials, who warned that they will also approach the court. “It is pure discrimination,” said a demoted police official on the condition of anonymity. “Are we useless or are these 12 officers the only ones who work?”
He said that the officials were consulting with each other and afterwards, they would file a petition against government’s discrimination against them. The officials, whose promotions have not been cancelled, however, expressed their satisfaction and hoped that they would continue working in the police department. “We were facing problems because of these 59 police officials who did not deserve their promotions and proved harmful for us,” SSP Raja Umer Khattab told The Express Tribune. “We will try our level best to keep our jobs at the same posts.”
According to him, the 12 officers, including him, deserved the promotions as they worked with sincerity and put their lives on the lines to keep citizens safe.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2013.