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Wednesday April 17, 2024

Ghulam Nabi Memon posted as Sindh IG

Officials said the Sindh government had decided to write a letter to the federal government for Nabi’s appointment as IGP again

By Salis bin Perwaiz
March 25, 2024
IGP Sindh Ghulam Nabi Memon seen in this undated image. — Facebook/Raees Ahmed Ali Chandio/File
IGP Sindh Ghulam Nabi Memon seen in this undated image. — Facebook/Raees Ahmed Ali Chandio/File 

KARACHI: The Establishment Division on Sunday issued the posting order of former police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon as the new Inspector General of Police (IGP), Sindh.

The notification reads, “With the approval of the federal government, Ghulam Nabi Memon BS-21, presently serving as Executive Director State Life Insurance Corporation under Commerce Division, is transferred and posted as Provincial Police Officer (PPO), Government of Sindh under Section 10 of the Civil Services Act 1973 with immediate effect and until further orders”.

Officials said the Sindh government had decided to write a letter to the federal government for Nabi’s appointment as IGP again. The letter was moved on March 4, 2024 but the federal government delayed the posting. The Sindh government had shown reservations over the delay.

Sources claimed Memon, during his last one-and-a-half year tenure, had made major changes in the department. He had taken a number of decisions, the most important being the reorganisation of the structure of Sindh Police Department on modern lines.

The steps taken by him included establishment of a specialised unit to control violence against women, especially Karo Kari. This unit was assigned the task to focus on districts of upper Sindh where most of the cases of violence against women were reported. The development also included an upgrade in the investigation department.

He introduced Talaash App, which carried the data of criminals, enabling patrolling staff to easily access details of offenders or proclaimed offenders. To eradicate the menace of narcotics, Memon had formed a vigilance team by utilising the services of Special Branch, Sindh. During operations in his time, several police officers were arrested, dismissed or suspended for having links with criminal groups.

The establishment of a surveillance unit or the Safe City Project, including installation of scanning cameras at the toll plazas of the city, can help in catching criminals and arresting vehicle lifters trying to transport vehicles from Karachi to other provinces.

Talking to The News, IG Ghulam Nabi Memon said he had called upon a meeting of officials where he would discuss at length the overall law and order situation, including the progress of operations. He claimed his prime focus was on curbing street crimes in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and other districts of Sindh. Also, he would focus on an operation against Katcha areas dacoits.