Sindh govt says governor, opposition have no role in IGP appointment

KARACHI: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said on Wednesday that the governor and opposition have no role in appointing the new Inspector-General of Sindh Police. The statement comes a day after the federal government urged the chief minister to appoint Sindh’s top cop after consulting the governor.

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Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Information, Law and Anti-Corruption Murtaza Wahab was holding a press conference during which he expressed disappointment over the federal government’s move to backtrack from appointing a new Sindh IG.

Wahab said that the federal government was provided three names by the Sindh government at first and two later, for the post of Sindh IG. He said that the consultation process between the federal government and Sindh started on December 23, 2019.

“We were told that the prime minister was in Davos and that he would resolve the issue [appointment of new IG] as soon as he returns to the country,” said Wahab.

He said that a one-on-one meeting between PM Imran and Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah was held during which all five names proposed by the Sindh government were discussed. He said that the meeting ended on a positive note after both signed off on one name for the post of Sindh’s top cop.

“For Sindh government, the matter had ended [with the PM Imran-CM Murad meeting] as one name had been finalised between the federal and provincial governments,” he said.

During his press conference, Wahab claimed Sindh government was taken aback when — speaking at an event on Tuesday — Sindh IG Syed Kaleem Imam said that “he was going nowhere and if he does, he will move to a higher post”.

“When the media asked us questions [about Imam’s statement] we told them that the consultation between the federal and provincial governments was over,” he said.

Wahab said that it was disappointing to see how the federal government backtracked on its promise and the prime minister’s special assistant, Firdous Ashiq Awan, announced that the decision to appoint the new IG had been delayed.

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