With Karachi’s law and order situation showing no improvement, the chief minister and the IGP have decided to replace the city’s police chief as well as three DIGs.
The decisions to appoint Shahid Hayat Khan as the new additional IG Karachi in place of Ghulam Qadir Thebo and replace the DIGs of the South, West, and East ranges were made during a meeting between Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and IGP Shahid Nadeem Baloch.
The home department is expected to notify the changes on Thursday (today).
Shahid Hayat Khan is presently serving as the DIG Special Branch. He has held key positions including the DIG East and the DIG South, and also participated in the operation against criminals in the late 90s.
DIG Traffic Khalique Shiekh will be appointed the DIG South, Jawed Alam Odho will take over as the DIG West, and Munir Sheikh will be posted as the DIG East.
The current DIG East, Tahir Naveed, will be posted as DIG CID.
The current DIG West, Arif Hanif, will take over as DIG Sukkur. DIG Sharjeel Inaam Kharal will be posted as DIG Larkana.
It was also decided that many sub-divisional police officers and SHOs will also be replaced in the coming days.
Sources said the performance of senior police officials was reviewed during the meeting. It was also observed that the police department had lost 123 personnel in the line of duty.
The police’s existing resources and patrolling plan was also discussed.
In his recent visit to Karachi, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had assured the Sindh chief minister of the Centre’s complete support to the provincial government for restoring peace in Karachi.
The police department and Rangers have compiled a list of target killers and terrorists – around 450 in number.
The Karachi range has 106 police stations of which the jurisdictions of 32 are considered the worst-affected by violence.
They include Sohrab Goth, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Gadap City, Quaidabad, Landhi, Shireen Jinnah Colony, Mauripur, Ittehad Town, Lyari, Baldia Town, Manghopir, Peerabad, Oranig Town, Gulshan, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Nazimabad, Mominabad, Sharea Noor Jehan, and North Nazimabad.