SC gives deadline of March 23 to appoint IGP Sindh

KARACHI: Expressing extreme annoyance over the failure of federal and provincial governments to appoint permanent inspector general of police for Sindh province, the Supreme Court of Pakistan gave the both governments deadline of March 23 to appoint IGP Sindh.

Three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jilani came down hard on provincial government’s law officer when he requested the court to allow week’s time for appointment of IG Sindh, and directed him to recommend names for the post so that competent authority could appoint IG Sindh on permanent basis till March 23.

At the outset of hearing, federal law officer Aslam Butt told the court that federal authorities after consulting with prime minister had recommended three names for the post including IGP Baluchistan Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera, Quetta police chief Mir Zubair and Captain Liaqat Ali. He said that federal establishment secretary would issue notification regarding the appointment after the provincial government picks out one of three names recommended by federal authorities.

To query, the advocate general Sindh apprised the court about Sindh government’s reservations over the names recommended by federal government and said that IG in Punjab province is appointed at the whims of Punjab Chief Minister while Sindh government was given three names to choose one of them. All the recommended three names couldn’t bring peace to the province, he added.

Justice Amir Hani Muslim asked AG to provide a name, who could bring peace, and federal government would notify him.

Chief Justice wondered that Karachi situation was getting worse while the both governments had differences over the IGP’s appointment. He said that the court was not concerned with particulars of names recommended by government but it wanted IG’s post filled within period given by court.

The bench directed Sindh government to recommend the name for IG post and said that it would expect that competent authority would issue notification regarding IG’s appointment within time period given by it.

Advocate General replied that he had no name at that time. Chief Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jillani said that your difference of opinions is affecting peace of Karachi. Court issued orders to seek name recommended by CM Sindh within 2 hours time.

The post of the IGP Sindh in the province has been vacant since former IG Sindh Shahid Nadeem Baloch retired from the post on February 20, 2014.

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