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December 9, 2019

Tussle between Sindh Police, govt intensify over Shikarpur SSP’s removal


December 9, 2019

KARACHI: The ongoing tussle between the Sindh government and Sindh Police intensified after the Sindh government removed Shikarpur's Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) from the post.

SSP Dr Rizwan Ahmed Khan was serving as SSP Shikarpur some four to five months ago; however, the provincial government removed him from the post despite Inspector General of Police, Sindh, Dr Syed Kaleem Imam, raising objection over his transfer and seeking his further posting in Shikarpur as SSP. This intensified the ongoing tussle between the Sindh government and the Sindh Police.

On the other hand, the Sindh government on Sunday issued a statement regarding the denial of any tussle between the police department and provincial government. "Reports about tussle between police department and Sindh government are baseless," reads a press statement issued by the Sindh Information Department. "Transfer and posting in department are routine matter."

It further reads SSP Khan was transferred on Friday, adding that IGP Sindh had asked him not to leave the charge of the office; however, he will leave the charge of SSP Shikarpur on Monday (today).

Meanwhile, a senior official of Sindh Police Department also denied the news about a tussle between the police department and the provincial government.

Our Sukkur correspondent adds: SSP Shikarpur Dr Muhammad Rizwan Ahmed Khan along with Kamran Zarkoon, the newly-posted ASP Shikarpur, visited the Shikarpur Press Club, where he told the journalists that some of the police officers were involved in kidnappings for ransom, while decent officers were facing hurdles and hardships to fight against crime and criminals.

The outgoing-SSP Sukkur said politicians, including MNAs, MPAs, tribal chiefs, journalists and landlords always tried to influence the police from performing their duties. He also blamed politicians for allegedly supporting criminals of the Katcha area for their vested interests.

SSP Rizwan said he had written a letter to the IGP Sindh to increase at least 20 to 30 per cent deputations of police personnel in Shikarpur district to maintain law and order situation. He said police officers were allegedly involved in kidnappings for ransom and also leaking secret information to criminals.

Meanwhile, sources claimed that IGP Sindh Dr Kaleem Imam protested at the Sindh government’s decision to surrender SSP Shikarpur, Dr Rizwan Khan’s services to the Centre. He also requested Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah to revert his decision as Rizwan was doing a good job in maintaining law and order situation in the district.

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