KARACHI: In a setback to PPP-led Sindh government, the Sindh High Court on Wednesday issued a stay order against sending the provincial Inspector General of Police (IGP) A.D. Khawaja on forced leave.
The order was issued on a petition filed by seven citizens including Karamat Hussain, the head of an NGO and singer-cum-activist Shehzad Roy. The petitioners seek IG Sindh’s restoration.
After today’s hearing, the court issued notices to the IGP and the Sindh government and adjourned the hearing till Jan 12.
The court has ordered Sindh government not to send the IG on leave or remove him from the office.
Last week, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah directed to send AD Khawaja on forced leave and give his charge to Additional IG Mushtaq Mehar.
The Sindh government has withheld AD Khawaja’s dismissal after media reports surfaced to this effect on last month.
The sources are quoting multiple causes of Sindh government’s displeasure with the Khawaja including police recruitment and his refusal to obey orders regarding transporting sugarcane to the sugar mills of the influential people.
The IG Sindh ruffled many feathers in the Sindh government as he did not transfer the police officers at the behest of high-ups, sources said.
Story first published: 28th December 2016