ISLAMABAD: Sindh in general and Karachi, the bleeding and burning city of lights in particular, are the worst victims of a highly politicised police department that is simply ruined by the high number of out of turn promotions, controversial inductions and unmerited appointments on political considerations and external influences.
A glance into the career of Sindh police officials shows that successive governments have their share in ruining the police department, which has now been completely crippled and has failed to respond to the challenges faced by the people of Sindh, both urban and rural. Merit has never been the priority of successive governments in the province thus resulting in the complete dominance of those inducted through political means and those given out of turn promotions. Instead of serving the people the police is serving the interest of its political masters.
Several of these officials have now become part of thePolice Service of Pakistan (PSP) and are fast climbing the ladder of career progression but without any change in the law and order situation of the province where target killings, riots, kidnapping for ransom, extortion (Bhatta), street crime, car and motorbike theft and dacoity have become way of life and there is no protection to the life and property of the people of the province.
Such is the attraction in the Sindh police for the influential and well connected that assistant solicitor, Pemra official, NAB assistant directors, computer assistant directors, ex-servicemen, IB and FIA officials and others find their easy way to get into the Sindh police. Most of these officials like those getting out of turn promotions, are closely related to the influential families of the Sindh and have political connections.
Adding insult to injury, the officers having been inducted into cadres of PSP, have been given backdated seniority in such a fashion that they have become senior to even the PSP officers (inducted through CSS) who in the past were their boss. Such infringement upon the rights of the PSP is causing huge frustration amongst them as they are losing prospects of promotion to senior grades for years as the inductee officers are being given back dated seniority. Such a situation also contributes to the inefficiency of even the genuine PSPs.
The case of officers of the Sindh Police is very interesting: they are given out of turn promotion, then granted anti-dated seniority and then encadred into PSP in the back date. There are a number of examples in which officers of the Sindh Police were granted twice and even thrice out of turn promotions on the basis of ordinary performance.
Only recently four such officers have been inducted into PSP by the Establishment Division under political pressure. These are SP Abdul Hadi Bullo, SP Ataullah Chandio, SP Ghiasuddin Rashdi and SP Abdul Ahad Sanghri. These officers have not only been encadred into PSP but they have been given anti-dated seniority i.e. they were encadred in 2011/12 but given seniority from year 1997/98 making them senior to 20th Common of PSP officers. Two of the encadered officer i.e Mr Rashdi and Ataullah Chandio were promoted to BS-19 recently.
Presently there are at least 15 police officers, who were inducted into the Sindh police from other departments purely on political considerations and are holding key positions. These officers include DIG Mast Ali, who was an Intelligence Bureau official but sent to Sindh police on deputation in 1994 but got permanently absorbed in the Sindh Police in 1998. He got backdated seniority for better elevation prospects and is now in grade 20. He was last promoted in 2011.
An FIA director Muhammad Malik, was deputed to the Sindh police in 2007 and got posted as SSP/Investigation South Zone, Karachi. The same year, he was absorbed in Sindh Police as SSP (BS-19) but assigned seniority in BS-19 w.e.f. 11.09.2006. In 2009, he was elevated to BS-20 but later the S&GAD issued another notification dated 28.09.2011 for his promotion to the post of DIGP (BS-20) w.e.f. 01.10.2011. Like other few, Malik however, enjoys good reputation.
A grade 17 officer of the Anti Narcotics Force Muhammad Riaz Soomro was sent to Sindh police on deputation in 2003 for three years. The deputation period was further extended for two years up to 13.05.2008 but in Feb 2008 he was permanently absorbed in Sindh police in BS-17. But later following a court order Soomro was assigned seniority in the rank of DSP w.e.f. 24.08.1989. The same year, 2008, got promoted in BS-18. Just after two years he got promotion to BS-19 and presently he is serving as SSP Mirpurkhas.
An assistant director computer in the police department Muhammad Ali Baloch, got his services regularized in the police department and was appointed as DSP by way of transfer with all service benefits in 2003. In 2007 he was promoted to the rank of SP (BS-18) against future vacancy. Presently he is posted as SP Tando Muhammad Khan.
Abdul Hadi Bullo, an officer of office management group (OMG), was sent on deputation to Sindh police in 2003 and the same year got inducted in the provincial police department. Later he got backdated seniority in BS-18 and was even encadered in the PSP in 2007. Presently, he is posted as SP District Matiari.
An assistant solicitor Attaullah K Chandio was sent on deputation to the Sindh police department in 1995 but was repatriated to his parent department, solicitor department, in 1997. He got his repatriation order reversed through a court order and posted as SP Thar in 1999. On the basis of quota reserved for prosecution branch, he was promoted to the rank of SP in 1998 and in 2010 got inducted in PSP. Presently he is posted as SP Special Branch Mirpurkhas.
Shahid Hussain Mahessar, an IB official, was sent to Sindh police on deputation in 2009. In 2011, he was repatriated to the IB but following a court stay order the Sindh government got him appointed by transfer as SP in Sindh police. A NAB assistant director Zameer Ahmed Abbasi got deputation in the police department in 2008 from where he deputed to National Police Academy, Islamabad for training. After completion of training from National Police Academy, Islamabad he was posted as SPO/Darakshan, Clifton Karachi w.e.f. 21.07.2010. He filed a petition in the Honourable High Court of Sindh Karachi for his absorption in Sindh Police. The SHC has passed an order and directed the respondents to issue a formal notification of absorption.
A Pemra official Shiraz Asghar Shaikh was serving in Sukkur as assistant general manager Pemra when chief minister Sindh in 2008 desired his deputation in the police department. A notification was issued and he was sent to National Police Academy for training. He was posted as DSP. Later a notification was issued to his repatriation but he got the order suspended through a court order. In 2011, he was recommended to be absorbed in the police department.
An assistant director NAB Faisal Mukhtar Vakassi was sent to police department on deputation in 2009. The same year he moved an application for his absorption in the police cadre in Sindh police. Later he went to US for higher education but in 2011 his case was recommended to Addl: Chief Secretary, (Home) for appointment in Sindh Police as DSP on the basis of appointment by transfer as provided in rule 9 the Sindh Civil Servants.
Major (retd) Khurram Gulzar, after retirement on superannuation, was employed on contract basis in BS-20 for one year. His contract of re-employment was extended for a period of one year w.e.f. 28.12.2010. Presently, he is posted as DIGP Traffic, Karachi. Lt Col (retd) M A Wahid Khan was appointed as Pilot in the Aviation Wing, Government of Sindh on contract basis in February, 1997. His contract was renewed up to 31.01.2000. Having become unfit for flying he was allowed to act as OIC, ATTC, Razzakabad on 17.03.1999 for completion of his contract period i.e. 31.0.2000. Subsequently he was appointed on contract as Principal, ATTC Razzakabad, Karachi. His contract period was extended from time to time up to 31.08.2011. Now, 2 years extension in contract appointment in BS-19 w.e.f. 01.09.2011 has been allowed to Lt. Col. (retd) M.A Wahid Khan vide SGA&CD Government of Sindh's notification dated 21.09.2011.
Presently he is posted as Principal, SBB, EPTC, Razzakabad, Karachi. Lt Col (retd) Muhammad Ahsan Umer applied through Minister Home and Forests, Government of Sindh for induction in Sindh Police in the rank of SSP. Committee of officers namely Cdr (retd) Shaukat Ali Shah, PSP, Dr Kamran Fazal, PSP and Mr Saud Ahmed, PSP was constituted by PPO Sindh to examine his case. The committee recommended his case and a summary was moved by PPO Sindh on 17.09.2010 for his appointment in BS-19 in Sindh Police on contract basis. He was appointed in BS-19 in Sindh Police, on contract basis, for a period of two years in 2010. He was posted as SP/Muhafiz, CCP Karachi in 2010. In 2010, the IGP recommended his case for permanent induction in Police Department.
In addition to the above inductees, there is a long list of police officers, who got out of turn promotions. These out of turn promotions were granted to office in the name of their extra-ordinary performance but despite the Sindh police's on the papers extra-ordinary performance, the situation on the ground is pathetic and deteriorating with every passing day. However, there is no end to out of turn promotions. There are some, who were given out of turn promotions twice and even thrice.