KARACHI -- The Sindh High Court on Monday ordered for Inspector General of Police Dr. Syed Kaleem Imam to not be removed from his post until the federal government replies to the provincial government on the matter. The court said that until and unless Establishment Division files reply, Kaleem Imam will continue work as IGP Sindh. The court said that the IGP Sindh could be changed by following the rules. The court said that the IGP Sindh could be changed with the permission of Establishment Division and with the consultation of federal government.
Two member bench headed by Muhammad Ali Mazhar heard the petition against the Sindh government's decision to transfer IGP Sindh Syed Kaleem Imam. The court gave these orders while hearing a petition - by social activist and budding politician Jibran Nasir - against the Sindh IGP's removal.
"Remove him whenever the federal government responds, even if it is this evening," the judge said.
In the petition, the applicant had summarised everything that had happened in the case, starting from the Sindh cabinet's meeting that had decided that the IGP should be removed, to the establishment division's refusal to remove Imam from his post as due discussions were not held between the federal and provincial governments.
The petition sought that the Sindh government's move to remove the IGP without due process be blocked by the court.
Opening his arguments, the petitioner's lawyer, Faisal Siddiqui, said that the court has already blocked the Sindh government's move to transfer two police officers out of the province. "Now they want to remove the Sindh IGP, and put someone else in his position," the lawyer said.
Siddiqui argued that the Sindh government did not mention any...