KARACHI: Just little over a month the Sindh Government of Pakistan Peoples Party revised its decision regarding city chief of the police after reshuffle on July 17 resulted in rising crime ration in the seaside Pakistani metropolis of Karachi.
As part of the first major review decision, the Sindh Government reappointed Mushtaq Ahmed Mehar, an officer close to IG Sindh AD Khowaja currently posted as Additional IG Traffic , replacing Ghulam Qadir Thebo who has now been relieved from his post as Additional Inspector General of Police (AIG) Karachi.
According to a notification issued by Chief Secretary Sindh Rizwan Memon on Thursday, Thebo will now take over as AIG Traffic Sindh. The notice, however, does not mention any reason for the reshuffle.
Thebo, who was formerly the Chairman of Sindh’s Enquiries and Anti-corruption Establishment, was appointed AIG Karachi on July 17 while Mahar was posted as AIG Traffic Sindh in place of Khadim Hussain Bhatti.
On July 17, almost a week after the Sindh Government took powers transfer and posting of the Inspector General Police and handed over these to home minister, the provincial government of Pakistan Peoples Party changed the team of Police Chief AD Khowaja in a major reshuffle.
Two contenders for the post of IGP from Pakistan Peoples Party’s list, Ghulam Qadir Thebo and Sardar Abdul Majeed got important positions of additional IG Karachi and Additional IG Sindh, respectively.
According to notification issued here on Monday; Mr. Ghulam Qadir Thebo chairman Enquiries and Anti-corruption is transferred and posted with immediate effect as additional Inspector General of Police, Karachi-Range vice Mr. Mushtaq Mehar, who has been transferred and posted as AIG Trarrafic police.
Khadim Hussain Bhatti, additional IG Traffic is transferred and posted as AIG research, development and inspection whereas Sardar Abdul Majeed has been Additional IG Sindh Range. Dr Aftab Ahmed Pathan, who was AIG Sindh Ranger, has been posted as AIG CID in place of Sanullah Abbasi.
Deeping the row over policing powers, the Sindh Government two weeks earlier issued notification giving the powers of appointing and transferring officers to Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal, a close aide of Anwar Majeed and Faryal Talpur. The powers had been taken back from the Inspector General of Police, Sindh earlier last week.
According to the new notification, which nullified the Sindh Government’s earlier notification issues last week, the decisions regarding posting and transfers of senior police officers will be taken by the Services, General Administration and Coordination Department of the provincial government after taking approval from Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal.
As per previous notification, the chief secretary was supposed to issue such orders of transfers and postings of the SSPs and SPs with approval of the Sindh chief minister but now such notification has been cancelled or withdrawn to empower the Sindh home minister.
The latest notification has been issued with the approval of Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. The order is issued in accordance with Rule-7(ii) of the Sindh Government Rules of Business, 1986. According to the notification issued on Friday (July 7), not only SPs (grade 18) and SSPs (grade 19) but DIGs (grade 20) officers would also be transferred and posted with approval of the home minister Sindh.
This decision came after days of taking away powers of transfers and postings of SPs and SSPs from inspector general of police Sindh, A.D. Khowaja.
Three weeks ago, Chief Secretary Sindh Rizwan Memon issued a notification which reads; “This department’s order of even number date 9-8-2016, whereby powers delegated to the inspector general of police Sindh with regard to transfer and posting of superintendents of police ( Bs-18)/Senior Superintendents of Police (BS-19) and equivalent, is hereby cancelled/withdrawn.”
On May 30, the Sindh High Court reserved its judgment in the case against removal of Inspector General Police, Sindh Allah Dino Khowaja. A two member bench, headed by Justice Muneeb Akhter, was seized with case here at the Sindh High Court. On the outset of preceding the lawyer of petitioner, Advocate Faisal Siddiqui, submitted that statement of the advocate general Sindh that there is no period of the job of Inspector General was wrong.
He maintained that the power to appoint IG rests only with federal government, which is bound only to consult the provincial government. He said that it was the province which had requested the center to surrender Khowaja and appoint new IG.
In April, the Sindh government had sent Khowaja packing after it appointed another Grade-21 police officer already working in the province in his place. A.D. Khowaja, who belongs to small village Tando Mohammad Khan district in southern Sindh, was appointed as IG Sindh by the PPP government. But later differences emerged between the provincial government of PPP and Sindh Police chief when the latter refused to accept the orders of Anwar Majeed, business partner of former President and mill owner from Badin.
The difference further deepened when the official refused to accept the party demand regarding recruitment in Sindh Police. In March 2016, he assumed charge as IG Sindh. His appointment was preceded by the removal of Ghulam Hyder Jamali who had found himself at the centre of a National Accountability Bureau investigation into mismanagement of police funds.