KARACHI: A Supreme Court bench on Friday ordered the the government of Sindh to appoint the Inspector General of Police in the province within seven day, ARY News reports.
A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan hearing Karachi law and order case issued orders today.
The provincial government for last one month has been indecisive to announce the name of the chief of the provincial police department despite the province faces formidable challenges at the front of law and order.
The key post has been vacant since the former Inspector General of Police Asghar Nadeem Baloch reached to his superannuation on February 20th, 2014.
A crackdown against criminals and militants has been launched in Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan and the capital of Sindh, since September 2013 but it seems the government lacking political will to guide the operation to its logical end and create conducive law and order environment.
According to reports, the federal government had sent the names of three police officers Mushtaq Sukhera, Mir Zubair and Captain Liaquat to the province but the government rejected all three names.
The targeted operation in Karachi in its initial phase seemed effective curbing crimes graph down in the city but afterwards the graph went up.
According to some analysts after retirment of a permanent police chief the department is being headed by an adhoc chief.
The CID Police has also been headless after killing of SSP Chaudhry Aslam in a terrorist attack.
The Anti-Violent Crime Cell is also waiting for appointment of a permanent head after transfer of SSP Asghar Mahesar.
According to sources, the province suffering huge setback at the law and order front due to the government's indecision over appointments on the key law and order posts.
The SC bench headed by Chief Justice Tasaduq Hussain Jillani while hearing Karachi unrest case also shocked to know that the police department working without a permanent chief.
Acting IG Sindh Iqbal Mehmood on a court question responded that the permanent IG could not be appointed as yet, hence he was performing additional responsibilities.
The bench on Thursday ordered the authorities that I.G. Police Sindh should immediately be appointed on permanent basis and reported to the court.