Pakistan

Home Minister questions ‘restriction’ on police officers to attend a meeting

KARACHI: Provincial Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal on Thursday queried the motive of seeking permission by the police officers from Inspector General (IG) Sindh to attend his meeting, ARY News reported.

“IG Sindh AD Khawaja has far better understanding of institutions’ jurisdiction than me. However, I could not understand the motive behind either seeking permission or reporting concerned headquarters before attending my meeting”, Siyal said while addressing a press conference here.

The newly appointed Home Minister opined that the IG Sindh is subordinated to the provincial home ministry under the ‘Police Act’.

“I was informed that officers going out-station should report concerned headquarters but Sanaullah Abbasi, Khadim Hussain Bhatti, and Walliullah [who were in Karachi] were also told to seek permission”, he said.

Querying IG Sindh, he said whether the police chief sought permission from the Home Ministry before going out-station last night [in line with Police Act].

Moreover, he said the Law and Order situation in the province has been satisfactory in comparison to other provinces of the country. “Smooth flow of traffic besides law and order situation would be the department’s top priority in the holy month of Ramazan”, he added.

Taking credit of merit recruitment in Police department, the minister said that he had ensured transparent recruitment in his previous tenure before the IG Sindh assumed his charge.  

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