Islamabad lashes out over removal of Karachi police chief


537f649b0d8bbISLAMABAD: The federal government in Pakistan on Friday lashed out at Sindh government for removing chief of Karachi police, Shahid Hayat among other senior officers, terming the act as “irresponsible and lax”.

In a statement issued by Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government said the provincial government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) was wrong in taking the decision by making court order as an excuse for it.

The statement came a day after the provincial government, acting on the directives of the Supreme Court removed several police officers who had been serving on own pay scale (OPS) including Additional Inspector General Police (AIGP) Shahid Hayat.

“The Sindh government showed irresponsibility and negligence on the issue,” said the statement.

The minister said Hayat was a good police officer and his performance over the 11-month service was plausible.

Rashid urged Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah to review the decision.

Meanwhile, Ghulam Qadir Thebo has taken charge as the new police chief for the port city upon the Sindh government’s directives.

Reacting to Islamabad’s criticism over removal of Shahid Hayat, Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon urged the federal government to not intervene in the provincial issues.

“Pervaiz Rashid should refrain from dictating us,” he said, adding that Hayat was removed upon the apex court’s orders.

Without giving any details, the provincial minister said that the centre was ‘confused.’

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