Selective reshuffling: ECP transfers KP IG, stays quiet about Islamabad IGP, SSP

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After major reshuffling of top bureaucracy in Sindh, the Election Commission of Pakistan on Friday ordered the transfer of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) inspector general of police (IGP). However, the electoral body, despite written complaints of some political parties, has kept mum over the issue of the transfer of controversial IGP and SSP Islamabad.

According to details, the ECP ordered immediate transfer of KP IGP on the grounds that his six cousins were contesting in the general elections.

Therefore, the ECP directed the government to replace the IGP with a suitable officer. The commission said that for the purpose of new posting, serving Additional Inspector General Khalid Masood could be considered.

However, the ECP is yet to issue directives to transfer the controversial appointments of Islamabad IGP Bani Amin Khan and Islamabad SSP Yaseen Farooq.

“Both these officers are enjoying the support of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).  IGP and SSP Islamabad are biased and have been extending support to PPP… these officers should be replaced with neutral officers,” says Hasan Ayub, a candidate for NA-48.

In his written application, Hasan requested the ECP to remove said officers.

It is pertinent to mention that the Interior Ministry had ordered the removal of IGP Islamabad, but influential officers managed to delay his removal.