IG Sindh defers own and other officials leave application for 10 days
Inspector General Police Sindh Mushtaq Maher has decided to defer his own leave and ordered his officers to set aside their leave applications for ten days in the larger national interest, pending the conclusion of the inquiry.
A number of top-ranked police official including IG, AIGs, DIGs and SSPs have applied for the leave as an aftermath of PML-N leader Captain Safdar Awan’s arrest in Karachi on Monday last in which allegedly the police high-ups were pressurized to take action against Capt (retd) Safdar.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto earlier in the day voiced his concerns over the mystery surrounding the whole incident and questioned the identity of those people who arrived at IG Sindh’s residence at around 2:00 am that night and then the IG was taken to some place around 4:00 am, many pointing fingers towards Rangers involvement in the matter.
Bilawal appealed to COAS and DG ISI to investigate the issue and the COAS duly obliged and ordered a swift inquiry into the matter.
After this, Sindh police on its official Twitter account announced the decision of the IG Sindh.
The tweet read: “The unfortunate incident that occurred on the night of 18/19 October caused great heartache and resentment within all ranks of Sindh Police.
“As a result, IG Sindh decided to proceed on leave and subsequently all ranks decided that they would also apply for leave to protest the humiliation meted out to Sindh police. This was a spontaneous and heartfelt reaction and made on an individual rather than a collective basis, because every single member of the department felt an acute sense of disrespect.
Thread by @sindhpolicedmc: The unfortunate incident that occurred on the night of 18/19 October caused great heartache and resentment within all ranks of Sindh Police. As a result, IG Sindh decided to proceed on le...… https://t.co/bDwKo8AKXB— Sindh Police (@sindhpolicedmc8) October 20, 2020
“Sindh police is immensely grateful to the Army Chief for realising the sense of hurt that prevailed within a uniformed force, and for promptly ordering an inquiry into the matter, which he has also assured will be impartial in order to restore the prestige of Sindh police. Sindh Police is also grateful to the chairman of the PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the honourable CM Sindh for coming to the IG House and showing solidarity with the police leadership.
“Sindh police has always been a disciplined force which believes in institutional harmony between all key national institutions and has always been cognisant of its responsibility to serve and protect the citizens of this province and thus, keeping this in mind.”