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I am inspector general, not a clerk, says AD Khawaja

KARACHI: Inspector General Police (IGP) Sindh AD Khawaja on Friday said the real issue he was facing was of devolution of powers to him.

Talking to media in Karachi, he said he was an inspector general and not a clerk and must have powers to exercise his authority.

To a query about the Sindh government’s attempts to remove him from office, the IG Sindh said we should wait for the court’s decision on this matter.

The Sindh government had relieved Khawaja and surrendered his services to the federation, but the Sindh High Court (SHC) on April 03 suspended the notification issued to remove Khawaja and directing him to continue his work as IG Sindh.

The matter of replacement of IG Sindh also kicked up a quarrel between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), as the former wants to remove AD Khawaja, while the latter conceives it as a malicious attempt.

IG Sindh has said reforms were being introduced in policing system and sincere efforts were being made to change the Thana culture in the province.

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“It was for the first time in Sindh that hiring in police department was made on the basis of merit,” he said while talking to media after inaugurating the Reporting Centre at the Ferozabad Police Station in Karachi.

The IG Sindh said citizens could easily lodge complaints, register FIRs and obtain certificates from there.

He said these centers would be established all over the city at police station level while later on these centers will also be established in other districts of the province.

Pointing out towards the growing congestion of traffic, he said one of the biggest issue faced by the city was traffic. He said deputy inspector general of traffic police was appointed without his consent.

He said driving license will soon be received by citizens at their doorsteps.



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