Removal of IGP Mehmood: SHC seeks maintainability of a petition against govt

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday once again asked counsel for petitioner to satisfy it with regard to maintainability of a petition filed against provincial government’s decision to surrender the services of IGP Sindh Iqbal Mehmood to the federal government.

A division bench headed by Justice Munib Akhtar was hearing a petition filed by Rana Faizul Hassan, who represented a non-government organization (NGO), United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

The petitioner submitted that Sindh government had relieved Iqbal Mehmood of his duty as IGP Sindh despite he was appointed three months back.

He said that despite directions of the apex court against frequent postings and transfers of top officials in police department, Iqbal Mehmood was transferred and his services were surrendered to the Center.

He said that removal of Mehmood was a politically motivated move as he did not succumb to the influence of certain influential persons. He said that provincial government had requested the Center for appointment of Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari as IG Sindh, who was removed on directions of the apex court and would serve interests of the political bigwigs.

The petitioner submitted that law and order situation in the city was improving because of targeted operation that was jointly launched by rangers and police. With the removal of Mehmood, law and order situation of the city would be badly damaged.

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