KARACHI: Two days after DG Rangers held meeting with “isolated” Inspector General of Police, Sindh Corps Commander Karachi Lt General Shahid Baig Mirza on Thursday said that unity of command was important in police force.
Without referring to cut to powers and shifting the power center from IG to controversial Sindh Home Minister, Corps Commander said that there should be consistency in the serving terms of personnel within the police in view of achieving better performance.
Visiting Malir Cannt to inspect police training along with IG Sindh A.D Khawaja and GOC Malir Major General Zahid, he said that the recent police training has set new standards for the personnel. He praised police for restoring peace, saying the role of Karachi police is commendable. “Due to the sacrifices rendered by the department, peace has returned to the city”.
Director General Sindh Rangers, Major general Muhammad Saeed, summoned a high level meeting at the paramilitary force headquarters on Tuesday, two days after the Sindh police Chief Allah Dino Khowaja wrote a letter to CM Sindh complaining about inaction over implementation of the Provincial Action Plan committee decisions.
“A high-level meeting chaired by Director General (DG) Rangers Maj Gen Mohammad Saeed reviewed the security situation in the aftermath of recent targetted attacks on police personnel in Karachi”, a press release from Sindh Rangers stated on Tuesday. According to spokesman, the meeting, held at Rangers Headquarters, was attended by Inspector General Sindh A.D. Khawaja, Assistant Inspector General Karachi Ghulam Qadir Thebo and officials from intelligence agencies, among others.
The meeting devised a strategy for combined operations and to improve communication between law enforcing agencies. DG Rangers Sindh also decided that anyone providing authentic information regarding attacks on police or the identity of the attackers will be awarded Rs10 million. Secrecy regarding the name of the informant will be maintained, the release said.
Last 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.”
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.