SC orders appointment of permanent IGP in Sindh

KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday ordered federal authorities to appoint permanent Inspector General of Police Sindh within 24 hours. Three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Tasadduq Hussain Jilani showed grave concern over non-appointment of permanent IG Sindh and said that they were shocked that province had no permanent inspector general of police since Feb 20 which showed the government’s interest in dealing with law and order issue in Karachi.

Three-member bench of apex court headed by Chief Justice and comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Amir Hani Muslim gave these observations while hearing Karachi law and order implementation case at Karachi registry.

The bench directed secretary establishment division to appoint a regular IG in province and issue notification in this regard within 24 hours.

At the outset of court, Chief Justice said that he was shocked that director general rangers Sindh had complained that he had limited powers. He said that DG ranger’s statement gave an impression that law enforcement agencies were not on same page.

Major Ishfaq, law officer of the rangers told the court that Rangers had no power of investigation. He said that it was proposed to set up five stations in each district of Karachi for investigating the criminals but neither station was set up nor they were provided with investigation powers.

He added that during the past six month, 517 people arrested by the Rangers were released by local courts. The bench directed DG Rangers to submit a report within 3 days, highlighting their reservations regarding their limited powers.

Meanwhile, the bench also rejected report regarding service profile of SSP Malir Rao Anwar and directed Sindh government to submit more comprehensive service profile of SSP Malir.

Three-judge bench while terming a report of Sindh Board of Revenue (SBR) and anti-encroachment force regarding retrieving encroached state land as “eyewash”, directed them to submit more comprehensive report outlining the state land recovered by SBR, action taken against encroachers, number of FIRs lodged against encroachments, case filed in anti-encroachment tribunals, and number of show-cause notices issued to illegal occupants under Sindh Public Property Act.

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