Jan Muhammad resumes charge as Islamabad IGP as SC turns down govt appeal

ISLAMABAD: On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan  refused a petition filed by the government seeking permission to appoint a new inspector general of police (IGP) in Islamabad.

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Instead, the court suggested the government to appoint a top cop in the capital on an interim basis in light of the current sensitive law and order situation.

IGP Islamabad Jan Mohammad was in Malaysia on ex-Pakistan leave to attend a course. He landed in Pakistan early Thursday. DIG Security Waqar Chohan had been looking after the office of the IGP Islamabad in his absence.

Earlier in the day, the government had approached the SC, requesting the court to hear the plea immediately due to the law and order situation of the country, in particular Islamabad. Subsequently, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar stated hearing the petition.

“Had we not suspended the decision of the IGP’s appointment, what would you do in case the officer is on a visit abroad,” the CJP asked, adding that the government would have to give the charge to someone else.

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