IG Sindh offers to quit his post

Source:  Samaa Published in Current Affairs on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

KARACHI: The case of Inspector General of Police (IGP) A.D. Khawaja’s removal took a new twist Wednesday when he sought to leave his office and surrender services to the centre, Samaa reported.

According to our correspondent, Khawaja filed an application to the Sindh High Court today, offering to leave his post. He told the court that doing his job had become ‘increasingly difficult’ under the current circumstances.

The officer claimed in his application that he is willing to work for the police department but being barred by political quarters from performing his duties.

However, the court advised him not to quit the job. Judge Muneeb Akhtar said in his remarks that a professional officer continues his service even in unfavorable conditions.

The PPP-led provincial government is bent upon sending him packing as soon as possible and appointing a more favourable candidate.

The hearing was adjourned till next Wednesday.

Last month, the provincial government had 'surrendered' Khawaja's services to the federal government, saying it was instead appointing Sardar Abdul Majeed Dasti, another Grade-21 police officer already working in the province, in his place.

However, a divisional bench of the high court, headed by Justice Muneeb Akhtar, had suspended the provincial government's notification and ordered Khawaja to resume his duties as the provincial police chief till further notice. - Samaa