Federal Cabinet ‘to decide’ about Sindh IGP transfer

By: News Desk      Published: 04:12 PM, 23 Feb, 2021
Federal Cabinet ‘to decide’ about Sindh IGP transfer
File photo of Mushtaq Mehar.

The federal government has decided to take the issue of transfer of the Sindh IGP to the federal cabinet after the arrest of Opposition Leader in Sindh Assembly Haleem Adil Sheikh, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

The strategy to change police command in Sindh will be framed after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s return from his Sri Lankan visit. 

After the approval from the cabinet, the federal government will start writing letters to the Sindh government. The cabinet will also take opinion from the PTI Sindh MPAs. 

Federal Ministers Ali Zaidi and Faisal Vawda will also give their inputs on replacing the Sindh top cop.

The appointment of the incumbent IGP Mushtaq Mehar was also sought from the federal cabinet who had been appointed in February 2020.

On the other hand, according to sources in the Establishment Division, the attempt to replace the IGP through the federal cabinet will open a new Pandora’s box, the TV channel reported.

Analyzing the possible consequences of the change of top cop in Sindh, the TV channel reported that certainly the Sindh government will not "relieve" IGP Mushtaq Mehr and it will further demoralize the police force.

It may be mentioned that the Sindh police force has already not forgotten the ‘abduction’ incident of Sindh IGP last year.

The federal government has already started thinking about replacing the Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) with an officer who would not take pressure from the PPP-led Sindh government. 

The demand to change IGP has gained momentum after PTI Sindh MPAs urged the leadership to step in.

The Sindh IGP will be replaced with a 21st grade officer from KP or Punjab. 

Quoting sources, the TV channel reported that consultations were underway among PTI ministers, MNAs and MPAs. 

“Concerns of MNAs and MPAs have been conveyed to the federal government as PTI Sindh was disappointed by the role of Sindh IGP and Chief Secretary over the arrest of Haleem Adil Sheikh,” the TV channel reported.