KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday ordered the provincial government to not remove Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kaleem Imam from his post until the federal government formally responds to the provincial government on the subject.
“Remove him whenever the federal government responds, even if it is this evening,” the judge said.
The court directive came during the hearing of a petition against the Sindh IGP’s removal. In the petition, the applicant, rights lawyer Jibran Nasir had summarised everything that had happened in the case, starting from the Sindh cabinet’s meeting that had decided that the IGP should be removed, to the Establishment Division’s refusal to remove Imam from his post as due discussions were not held between the federal and provincial governments.
The petitioner sought that the Sindh government’s move to “remove Imam without due process” be blocked by the court.
Opening his arguments, the petitioner’s lawyer, Faisal Siddiqui, said that the court has already blocked the Sindh government’s move to transfer two police officers out of the province.
“Now they want to remove the Sindh IGP, and put someone else in his position,” the lawyer said.
Siddiqui argued that the Sindh government did not mention any consultation with the federal government in their letter to the establishment division.
Responding to the petitioner’s argument, Additional Advocate General Sindh Shabbir Shah said that the matter is of public interest. However, he conceded that the federal government was yet to respond to the Sindh government on the matter of the current IGP’s removal.
The hearing was then adjourned till January 28.