KARACHI -- Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Tuesday lashed out at the federal government over its reluctance to replace Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kaleem Imam, saying that centre was treating the province like a colony.
Addressing a press conference after inaugurating the new 100MGD pumping station at Dhabeji, the PPP chief said that in other provinces, the police chiefs are changed in the blink of an eye but the process was being made unnecessarily complicated for Sindh.
He asked whether Sindh did not fall under the jurisdiction of the Constitution and had a separate law. 'Sindh is being treated like a colony that has to look elsewhere for orders,' he said.
Bilawal further asked the federal government to resolve the issue as soon as possible as his party was accountable to the people of Sindh.
A day earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah wrote a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, requesting him to direct the Establishment Division to select a name from the three names proposed by the provincial cabinet as a replacement for Sindh IGP 'as was done in the case of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) recently'. The three officers recommended by the provincial government are Ghulam Qadir Thebo, Kamran Fazal and Mushtaq Mazhar.
Highlighting the contents of the letter, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) parliamentary leader in Sindh, Haleem Adil Shaikh, asked the logic behind surrendering the services of the police chief when the Sindh High Court (SHC) had already given a stay order on the matter. He added that the federal government will issue directives for the police chief's removal only after the said consultation.
On Monday SHC had ordered the provincial government to not remove the incumbent IGP from his post until the federal government formally responds to the provincial government...