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Sindh govt voices skepticism about IG Khawaja’s conduct

KARACHI: A Sindh government’s probe team, tasked to look into the record of police officers with patchy background, has voiced skepticism about the conduct of IG Allah Dino Khawaja in the matter.

The provincial government handpicked Sohail Akbar Shah, former principal secretary to the Sindh chief minister who himself facing grave charges of corruption, to conduct a probe against police officers with patchy record in compliance with the Supreme Court’s orders.

Sindh Chief Secretary on Wednesday submitted the report of the inquiry carried out by Shah to the apex court’s Karachi registry, the findings of which stand in sharp contrast to those of the inquiry carried out by AIG Sanaullah Abbasi.

The government’s report says Abbasi conducted the inquiry under pressure from the court. Moreover, it casts doubt on the incumbent IGP’s conduct in the matter.

The report claims Abbasi’s findings about SSP Dadu Dr Farooq Shah, who found involved in illegal recruitment, was based on assumptions and speculations.

Abbasi didn’t even summon the police officer in connection with the inquiry, it added.

The report has given clean chit to the SSP, saying no allegations against him were proved.

Sohail Akbar Shah, the former principal secretary to then Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah himself facing corruption charges. The NAB had filed a reference against him over his alleged involvement in illegal excavation and sale of coal in open market, causing Rs2.241 billion loss to the exchequer.

Earlier, the apex court was informed that as many as 12,000 police officers and personnel of Sindh police department were found involved in misuse of powers.

The home department had earlier submitted a report to the bench hearing a case pertaining to the involvement of policemen in crime.

IG AD Khawaja had also submitted a report, informing that there was no discrimination in initiating action against the delinquent officers.

He said he had sent the list of 31 officials of BS-17 to the home department and another list of 31 officers of BS-18 to the chief secretary for action.

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