Aamir likely to be posted as new IGP after Faisal refused to continue

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AMRAIZ KHAN

After current IGP Faisal Shahkar refused to work under the Punjab government a few days back, Aamir Zulfiqar Khan, a senior officer of Pakistan Police Service (PSP), is favourite in the race for the post of Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP).

Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Faisal Shahkar Wednesday did not attend Punjab Cabinet Committee’s meeting on law and order aggravating the ongoing rift between the federal and provincial governments. It is worth mentioning here that a meeting of the Punjab Cabinet Committee on law and order was held here at the civil secretariat under the chairmanship of Chairman Committee Raja Basharat.

Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister on Home Affairs Umar Sarfraz Cheema, Punjab Chief Secretary Abdullah Khan Sambal, and other officers were present in the meeting. Raja Basharat participated in the meeting from Rawalpindi via video link.

His absence in provincial cabinet meetings expressed that he had distanced himself from the Punjab IGP slot.

Earlier, the Punjab government had asked the federal government to withdraw the services of IGP Faisal Shahkar, expressing its displeasure over the mishandling of the Wazirabad incident.

In response, Faisal Shahkar decided to step down as IGP Punjab on November 6, and wrote a letter to the federal government about his non-continuation of service.

IGP Shahkar had annoyed the PTI and Punjab government for not registering an FIR against those persons who were nominated by PTI in the Wazirabad incident, which ultimately led to the rifts between the IG, the Punjab government, and the PTI.

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