KP CM Mahmood conveys reservations about IGP to PM Imran
Dr Naeem’s transfer came amid rumours doing the rounds at that time and the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to the provincial capital, wherein he met the cabinet members, the chief secretary and the police chief.
An establishment division notification said Sanaullah Abbasi, a BS-21 officer of Police Service of Pakistan and currently serving as the Gilgit-Baltistan police chief, under the Kashmir affairs and GB division, had been transferred and posted Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police chief, in his own pay and scale.
Earlier, in September 2019, the federal government had transferred Mohammad Tahir and appointed Salahuddin Khan Mehsud as the police chief.
However, Mr Mehsud’s second stint as KP police chief lasted for only a couple of months as the simmering dispute between the police department and bureaucracy over extension of the provincial police to the merged districts cost the then chief secretary and the IG their jobs.
Dr Naeem was appointed KP police chief on Feb 8, 2019 following the removal of Mr Mehsud.
The outgoing police chief oversaw the thorny issues of extension of the police jurisdiction to the merged districts and absorption of Khasadar and Levies personnel in the police department.