Regains position as IGP Sindh
AD Khawaja, removed from the post of IGP Sindh police,for the second time within few a months, won the court battle once again as the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday suspended the Sindh government’s notification about his replacement with a new officer of their choice. He was happy to note that the superior judiciary had restrained the provincial administration from acting unilaterally.
AD Khawaja had challenged the Sindh government decision to remove him from the office of IGP last week, appointing AIG Dasti as the acting IG police.
Sardar Abdul Majeed Dasti had taken over and even presided over a meeting, directing officials to do their assignments, but the court was clear to ask the Advocate General whether the Supreme Court order which had stayed the government’s earlier notification to sack AD Khawaja had been vacated. How could the executive ignore the apex court order, the court said and reinstated Khawwaj in his place. It may be mentioned that appointment of chief secretary and IG police are the prerogatives of the federal government, and although this is done in consultation with the provincial administration, Cetre’s discretion will prevails.
The SHC ordered Dasti acting IGP to immediately hand over charge to Khawaja as IGP Sindh until the next hearing of the case, which was adjourned until April 6.
The petitioner, Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) – a non-governmental organisation – argued that the Police Order 2002 is a federal law that cannot be amended by the provincial government.
“The court should take notice of the Sindh government’s comments,” Advocate General (AG) Sindh Zameer Ghumro pleaded.
Justice Muneeb Akhter asked the AG as to why Apex Court’s stay order was violated.
Opposition parties in Sindh reacted cautiously to High Court order of suspending the transfer of IG police from Sindh. Their reaction came soon after AD Khawaja had taken over responsibilities as IG police of the province. These parties were critical of Sindh government, but picked words carefully, reminding the ruling regime however that PPP should avoid being selfish and appoint officers in the administration carefully, not on the basis of likes and dislikes.
MQM Pakistan MPA Faisal Sabzwari stated that courts were raising questions about the working of provincial administration. The government should stop picking officers of its choice, and instead rely on principles and merit. He cited the example of Water Commission, “fake recruitments” or sale of jobs, fingers are being raised about everything.
Imran Ismail of PTI said that the government realized its mistake after removing A D Khawaja. “we are with Khawaja” he said. The ANP leader, Shahi Syed felt that if an important officer like the IG police, would be worried about his fate, then how could be concentrate on improving law and order. The government should act wisely, he said.