Petition challenging removal of IGP filed in SHC

KARACHI: A petition challenging the removal of Iqbal Mehmood as provincial police chief was filed in the Sindh High Court on Saturday.Rana Faizul Hassan, who represented a non-government organisation (NGO), United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, submitted in petition that Sindh government has relieved Iqbal Mehmood of his duty as IG Sindh in violation of the Supreme Court orders.He said that despite restraining orders granted by the apex court against frequent postings and transfers of top officials in police department, provincial police chief Iqbal Mehmood was transferred and his services was surrendered to the Centre.The petitioner submitted that law and order situation in the city was improving because of targeted operation underway that is launched by Rangers and Police. “With the appointment of Mehmood, police were moving in right direction in maintaining law and order situation in Karachi,” he added.He said that removal of Mehmood is politically motivated, adding that provincial government wanted to plunge the city again into the crisis by removing him. The court was pleaded to restrain authorities concerned from surrendering the services of Iqbal Mehood to the federal government.Meanwhile, a leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) and special coordinator to the Prime Minister, Imtiaz Ahmed Shaikh has opposed the decision regarding the removal of Sindh Inspector General Police (IGP) Iqbal Mehmood and alleged that the decision was based on “ill intention”. In a statement issued on Saturday, he said frequent replacements of IGPs in Sindh had led to worsening of law and order in Karachi and the ongoing targeted operation in the city would be badly affected by these rapid changes.Shaikh linked the replacement of IGP with the procurement of modern equipment and accessories for Sindh Police.  He said that in order to ensure complete transparency in procurement of arms and equipment for police, tenders should be invited at international level and a parliamentary committee should immediately be constituted to monitor the procurement deal of Rs 8 billion. He demanded of the federal government to take immediate notice of the matter. 

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