Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah reassured the Sindh Police of the government’s support at every stage in a meeting held on Wednesday. He met with Sindh Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Mahar and other senior officers.
During the meeting, Murad lauded the Sindh Police’s efforts in trying to restore peace in the province, especially Karachi.
The chief minister acknowledged the sacrifices made by the police, in addition to their services and professionalism, to maintain law and order in Sindh.
Shah assured the top brass of provincial police that the government would not let the force be demoralised under any condition.
He further praised the peacemakers’ achievements in making important arrests in major terror incidents and encouraged them to continue their professional services with full vigour.
“Sindh Police should continue its work in an independent and impartial manner, and the government is taking steps to further strengthen the professionalism of the police,” the chief minister concluded.
He added that the provincial government has always asked the police force to act independently. “Sindh Police [officials] paid with their lives to establish peace in the province, particularly in Karachi. They have made huge arrests in important cases of terror acts. “Sindh Police should continue working independently and objectively.”
The chief minister added that the government was taking steps to make the police force more stable. The statement added that the police officials thanked Shah “for guiding and standing with them at every stage”.
Police officials thanked CM Murad for exhibiting the government’s support at every stage, and vowed to continue to protect the lives and property of the people.
The meeting was held in response to Sindh police high-ups decision to go on leave in protest against the humiliation meted out to them in the lead-up to the arrest of Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Capt (retd) Safdar.
Hours after the police announced the protest, IG Mushtaq Mahar deferred his own leave and ordered his officers to set aside their leave applications for 10 days, pending conclusion of the inquiry into the arrest.
The development came a few hours after several high ranking officers of the Sindh Police requested to proceed on leave as the controversy over the arrest of PML-N leader Captain Mohammad Safdar intensified on Tuesday.