— Murad Ali Shah says PM Imran had assured him support in removing incumbent police chief of Sindh
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Thursday said Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Syed Kaleem Imam was a failed police officer and that he was the weakest official he had ever seen.
He added that he had discussed the issue with Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had assured him of his support in removing the incumbent IGP.
“The officer who works according to the people’s representative’s policy can stay in the province and our policy isn’t wrong as the people have elected us,” Shah said while speaking on the floor of Sindh Assembly.
Speaking about the IGP’s failures, he said the official was in contact with political parties and had asked them to dig out dirt on other politicians. “He broke the law after he contacted the opposition, as the law clearly states that a police officer cannot contact a political personality for help, he said.
“He had also asked [politicians] to dig out dirt on others as he wanted to do more cases. He’s a weak man because, when he was questioned about his performance, he transferred blame to his subordinates.
“The law says you cannot seek political help, a rule that he broke, the conduct also informs that you cannot go on media, he spoke to the media, violating” yet another law publicly, Shah said.
“When the media asked him about the increasing crime rate in the province he said, ‘Although, I am the captain but when I direct someone to be placed on the slip, he is ordered to go and stand at the mid-on.’
“The IG while talking to some opposition members said that he will do everything these guys say, if the opposition refutes these claims then they are questioning our intelligence agencies,” Shah said.
“People should not play cricket, but do their job i.e. policing,” Shah said. “I can’t disclose everything about him here [on the floor of the assembly],” Shah said, when some of the members asked him to further express his grievances.
‘The CM also informed the assembly that he had had a talk with Prime Minister Imran Khan, who assured him of his support in the incumbent IG’s removal.
“Proper consultations have been done, if my PM says that ‘I don’t know about the matter, please send us the names,’ we have facilitated them.” Shah said.
“I have had face-to-face and telephonic consultations with Prime Minister Imran Khan, I have told him that problems in the provincial police have risen; we have to remove this IG,” he said.
“People ask us because we are the provincial government [but] the PM said he was also asked about the matter … the PM also felt it,” Shah noted.
“Consultations with the leader of the opposition is not the law. I have to consult with the government, not opposition,” he adde.