KARACHI: The Sindh government on Wednesday presented a charge-sheet against Inspector General Sindh Police Syed Kaleem Imam.
Addressing a media briefing on the reports of the provincial government’s seeking replacement of the inspector general, Sindh Minister for Information and Labour Saeed Ghani said multiple attempts were made to improve the condition of police but to no avail. He said the government was embarrassed over killing of innocent people from police’s firing.
After giving green light for removing the incumbent IG, the Sindh cabinet has cogitated over four names, and three of them would be sent for selection of an officer on this post, he said. He said according to law, the provincial and federal government could replace an IG through mutual consultation.
The information minister said the Sindh IGP was told several times that the provincial government was mulling over writing to the Establishment Division for his replacement over his dismal performance.
He said the police commander had given some deeply irresponsible statements. He blamed that Kaleem Imam had directly been writing to various embassies which was against the rules. He said despite warning him to refrain from this practice he paid no heed.
Saeed Ghani said the police officer had handled the Bisma kidnapping case very badly through showing negligence in it.
On the other hand, IG Kaleem has expressed reservations over the news saying that such actions would weaken the moral of police force and its command.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has decided to approach the court to stop replacement of the IG police.
Leader of the opposition in the Provincial Assembly of Sindh Firdous Shamim Naqvi said it was a prerogative of the federal government to suggest names for the post of IG and not the provincial government’s.
He said the Sindh government wanted police to work as their slaves. “The IG cannot be changed without consultation,” he added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan has given Sindh Governor Imran Ismail the task to consult on the issue with all the stakeholders.