In anticipation of change of command of Sindh Police, Dr Syed Kaleem Imam current IG met the PM in Islamabad on Wednesday. He briefed PM about the growing “political pressures” and the challenges the police is facing currently in effective performance mainly in rural areas. PM office issued a brief statement saying, “IG-Sindh Dr Syed Kaleem Imam called on Prime Minister Imran Khan here [Islamabad] on Wednesday. The meeting discussed law and order situation in the province and other matters.” Sources informed reporters that the meeting was more than just a simple briefing on situation of Law & order in the province.
The deadlock is going to over soon on the appointment of new IG of Sindh Police
The issue of transferring the IG has passed through a debate for weeks, political squabbling, controversial statements and opposite string stances from both Federal & provincial authorities. However it has come to an end and the only thing remaining now is to decide the name of new IG to be appointed. Though the issues have been resolved and consensus on the matter has been reached the war has left many scars which can re-emerge at any time in the future. Sources said, “The meeting was held in a very good atmosphere”
“The PM invited the Sindh IG to meet him in Islamabad. The two couldn’t hold a detailed discussion during the recent visit of PM Khan to Karachi. So he [PM Khan] sought more input from Dr Imam on the subject to know the other side of the story. The Sindh IG briefed the prime minister about recent security situation and law and order in Sindh and also shared some details about Karachi.”
“The IG briefed the PM about political pressure while policing in the province in general and in certain districts in particular. He mentioned a series of episodes over a year which brought the police and politically influential individuals at odds.”
PM hinted Imam for his transfer to a significant post (Director-Narcotics)
“He also referred to a number of complaints he has been receiving about certain officers regarding misuse of powers, corruption and illegal activities but despite his recommendations their jobs remain intact due to their strong connections. And those who perform their duties and act against vested interests of well-connected people face action from the provincial government”.
The source responded affirmatively while asked whether the two sides had discussed the issue of IG’s transfer. However he explained that the meeting mostly focused on discussing the issues emerging in the past few months which have been the bone of contention between the police hierarchy and the political administration of Sindh. The source said that the PM has listened the issues raised by IG Sindh and also asked him to suggest how a better policing system can be implemented. During the meeting PM provided IG hints about transferring his services to Federal Government on some promising key post.
The source added, “Dr Imam resumed his office yesterday [Thursday] to continue to serve as the Sindh IG. When he will be transferred and to where, these are the questions which are yet to be answered. But it seems that dust has settled and we may see some reshuffle very soon”.