Haleem Adil writes letter to CM, condemns politicizing of IGP transfer matter

Karachi, Jan 3: Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) Vice President and parliamentary party leader in Sindh assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh here Monday wrote a letter to the chief minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah and strongly condemned the politicizing of the matter of transfer of IGP Sindh.

Haleem Adil said that he was writing this letter as his capacity of PTI vice president, parliamentary party leader in Sindh Assembly and an opposition in Sindh, which has 42percent representation in Sindh assembly.

He told Sindh CM that he (CM) had written three letters to the Prime Minister alleging him that he was not fulfilling promises. He said these allegations are totally wrong and baseless, and as an elected representative of people and member of opposition, he reserves the right to answer and clarify the facts.

He said he strongly condemns the politicizing of transfer of the IGP Sindh. He said to get sympathies you misguided people. For your kind information, for the transfer of the IGP, the Sindh government is bound for consultation with the federal government.

He said as per his information, when Sindh government started consultation, the federal government responded positively, as per the spirit of the pact of 1993 between the provinces and the federation.

Haleem Adil said as you decided to get transferred the IGP after consultation with your cabinet, Prime Minister Imran Khan also consulted with his cabinet. In the first meeting of federal cabinet on January 28, 2020 the matter of the IGP transfer was on the top of the agenda. The cabinet decided to consult with the Sindh governor, who represents the federation, but you (CM) refused to talk to the Sindh governor and started leveling political allegations.

Haleem Adil said later, a letter was written to the Prime Minister in which objections were raised on press conference of information adviser Firdous Ashiq Awan, despite she had only briefed the media about the decisions of the cabinet, while Sindh information advisor had leveled allegations and presented a charge sheet in his one-hour long press conference against the IGP Sindh.

Haleem Adil said you (CM) as per your previous traditions played a Sindh Card and waged a war against the police department and politicized the issue of IGP transfer, and hurled threats to teach a lesson to police officers. These threats were not befitting for a chief of police and chief executive of a province.

He said had the Sindh government followed the rules this would not have become a complicated issue. He said as per his information the period of posting of an IGP is three years. As per Police Act 2002, Amendment Act 2019 and Police Act 1861, an IGP is posted for three years. The current IGP Sindh had taken charge of his office on September 15, 2018 and he was posted as IGP Sindh till September 14, 2021. As per the law if the provincial government wants to get an IGP transferred during this three-year duration it has to present special reasons.

He said as per the verdict of apex court in AD Khuwaja case, it was said that the provincial cabinet will communicate with the federal government and present special and specific reasons for the transfer of IGP and all these reasons would also be sent to the IGP who would clarify his position before the cabinet. However, in the case of present IGP, the provincial government did not follow these rules. It even did not serve any notice to the IGP.

Haleem Adil said that from your (CM’s) letters and media statements, you want to give an impression that the federal government does not hear the voice of provincial government. He said that you are not responding federal government’s communication, but instead sensationalizing and politicizing the issue. He said we already know that you have made police politicized at lower level, and resultantly the citizens of Sindh are suffering a lot.

He said this is purely an administrative issue and it should not be politicized. This issue should be resolved by the federal government and provincial government of Sindh as per law through consultation.

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