ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Saturday informed the Sindh government in writing that Dr Kaleem Imam will continue as the Sindh Inspector General of Police till the “competent authority” reaches a decision on the matter.
On Thursday, the Sindh government wrote a letter to the Establishment Division seeking the IGP’s repatriation to the Centre, listing “compelling reasons” for the transfer.
In a responding letter dated Jan 17, the Establishment Division said that the issue of repatriation of IGP Imam and the posting of his replacement, as requested by the Sindh government, is being taken up by the relevant authority and once a decision is reached on the issue, it will be shared with the provincial government.
The letter said Imam will “continue to discharge his duties”, adding that the “look after charge of the post cannot be assigned to any additional inspector general of police by the province.” It is pertinent to mention here that one of the three names put forward by Sindh to replace IGP Imam is that of Dr Kamran Fazal, who is a grade-21 officer presently heading the Counter-Terrorism Department as its additional IG.
“In case, the competent authority decides to transfer Dr Kaleem Iman (PSP/BS-21), PPO/IGP Sindh, a stop gap arrangement on any basis can only be made by the competent authority,” the letter read.
It emerged on Friday that the Sindh government had approached the Centre with names of three senior police officers, asking it to appoint one of them as the new inspector general of police.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah had sent a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office on Thursday evening in which he proposed the names of Ghulam Qadir Thebo, Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar and Dr Kamran Fazal for consideration.
Meanwhile, private news channels reported that the federal government had reservations over the three candidates.
They said that the federal government was considering names of Additional IG Motorway Police Dr Aftab Pathan, former Sindh IG AD Khowaja and former Karachi police chief Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh for the top job.
According to the police law, an IGP could be appointed after consultations between the federal government and the government of the said province.