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Police officers reluctant to work under ‘junior’ IGP

  • Senior officer Ghulam Qadir Thebo goes on 30-day long leave

KARACHI: With the appointment of Dr Kaleem Imam as Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led federal government, the senior officers of the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) already working in the province seem reluctant to work under what the sources claimed ‘a junior officer’.

Usually, according to sources, the Sindh government sends the names of senior police officers to the federal government for the appointment of IG, however, this time around, the federal government itself sent three names to Sindh authorities for choosing one of them. The Sindh government chose Kaleem Imam’s name for the IGP slots.

The Sindh’s senior police officers were shocked when AD Khawaja was posted as Sindh IG last time and the majority of the seniors refused to work under his command. This time too, the federal government has sidelined the senior most officers of Sindh police and appointed a junior officer to the post.

Kaleem Imam appeared in the CSS exams and was allocated Police Service of Pakistan under 16th CTP. Most interestingly, two senior police officers namely Ghulam Qadir Thebo and Sardar Abdul Majeed Dashti had passed the CSS exams and allotted Police Service of Pakistan under 13th CTP which means these officers are at least three years senior to Kaleem Imam.

Ironically, Kaleem Imam had also faced such situation in Punjab when he was appointed as Punjab IG as four officers refused to attend the first meeting held in June 2018 for being seniors to him.

Presently, Ghulam Qadir Thebo is working as Traffic Additional IG while Abdul Majeed Dashti is on a report to Central Police Officer (CPO), sources said, adding that Ghulam Qadir Thebo has been granted 30 days leave following much disappointment amongst the senior officers while the leave application of Abdul Majeed Dashti in under process.

“Yes, I have been granted 30 days leave from today and I will rejoin my duties after 30 days”, Ghulam Qadir Thebo confirmed while talking to Pakistan Today.

When asked about the reasons for ignoring seniors officers of Sindh, Mr Thebo refused to comment on the issue.

The writer is a member of Pakistan Today's Karachi Bureau.

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