Sindh Cabinet on Saturday approved removal of incumbent Inspector General of Police A. D. Khawaja and appointment of Sardar Abdul Majeed Dasti as new top cop of the province. A meeting of Sindh Cabinet presided by Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah was held here.
The meeting gave approval to remove AD Khawaja as IGP and surrender him to centre. The cabinet also approved appointment of Sardar Abdul Majeed Dasti, a BPS-22 officer of Police Service of Pakistan, as new IGP Sindh.
During the session, secretary services briefed that in March 2016, A.D Khawaja was appointed as Sindh IG on own pay scale but this system was ended by Supreme Court afterwards.
The secretary further suggested that Sardar Abdul Majeed Dasti, who is a Grade-22 officer, should be promoted to IG Sindh post, replacing A.D Khawaja.
He further said that the Sindh government should return the services of AD Khawaja to the centre.
AD Khawaja also gave a briefing, in which he mentioned that his order was dealt by the centre as per the will of the Sindh government.
“At the time of my appointment, the SC order regarding the OPS was there,” said Khawaja.
AD Khawaja then gave a recommendation that a police officer should not be transferred before the end of tenure without substantial grounds.
Khawaja said that the posting of Additional IG, DIG and SSP is for two years and for the rest of the ranks it should be one year. He said that the IG police should have the right to transfer police officers.
In his recommendation, Khawaja said that an SHO should be upper school course qualified and should not be more than 55 years old. The SHOs should be of inspector or sub-inspector rank, he added.
Following Khawaja’s briefing, Home Secretary Sindh said that the committee comprising Home Minister and the Advocate General was made by CM Sindh and IG Sindh named four police force categories, however, those were declined by the committee.
In April this year, the Sindh government ‘sur rendered’ Khawaja’s services to the federal government as it appointed Additional IG Abdul Majeed Dasti as the force’s top boss.
However, the Sindh High Court suspended the provincial government’s notification for Khawaja’s removal.
Meanwhile, A.D Khawaja said that the government gave three names to the federation and his selection was done with the consent of Sindh government. He said that 17 IGs have been appointed in last 10 years among which 14 were Grade-21 officers. The chief minister said the government wanted to change the rules pertaining to police promotions, appointments and transfers to ensure they were in line with the Constitution.
“We want rules and regulations that will improve the department’s performance and also ensure the writ of the provincial government,” he added.
For the past few months, the provincial government has been trying to remove Khawaja from his post. Last month, the Sindh High Court had quashed the provincial government’s letters addressed to the establishment secretary unilaterally surrendering IG Khawaja’s services to the Centre and giving additional charge of the post to AIG Abdul Majeed Dasti. It also set aside the Sindh cabinet’s decision backing these decisions. The provincial top cop was reinstated till the completion of his three-year tenure.