The Sindh government reshuffled the police department on Tuesday, transferring a number of senior police officials ahead of the May 11 general election.
CID Additional Inspector General of Police Iqbal Mehmood has replaced Ghulam Shabbir Sheikh as Karachi’s new police chief, according to a notification.
Mehmood had earlier served as city police chief after his appointment on July 17, 2012. In March 2013 he had left on ex-Pakistan leave when the government made Sheikh the additional inspector general of police.
After taking charge of his office, Mehmood said controlling the law and order situation, particularly the menace of target killings and extortion, would be his priority.
He said he held a meeting with the police officers of the Karachi Range, including the DIGs and the SSPs, and told them that his priority was to bring to justice people involved in target killings, including those of policemen.
Mehmood sought a progress report on investigations into target killings, especially of policemen. He also sought a report on investigations into extortion, kidnapping for ransom and target killing cases.
“It has been noticed that the police stations refer kidnapping for ransom and vehicle theft cases to the ACLC and the AVCC, thinking that their work has ended, but now the SSP concerned has been made responsible for the investigation of these cases.”
Mehmood’s predecessor, Sheikh, retired on April 22. Sheikh had joined the police department two years ago after his transfer from Balochistan. He also served as DIG Headquarters, DIG Crime Investigation Department and additional inspector general of the CID Sindh. On March 15, 2013 he was appointed Karachi’s police chief.
According to the notification, Additional Inspector General of Police Ghulam Hyder Jamali has been transferred and made additional IGP CID Sindh. DIG Sultan Khwaja has been posted against the vacant post of the DIG Sukkur Range.
The government has also withdrawn the transfer orders of DIG Abdul Kahlique Sheikh from the Karachi traffic police, and ordered him to continue working.
DIG Sheikh said the ongoing awareness programme in the city was disturbed due to his transfer orders, but now from Wednesday a comprehensive awareness campaign would be started.