IGP Khawaja offers to relinquish post

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By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: AD Khawaja, here yesterday, expressed his wish in the Sindh High Court (SHC) to voluntarily step down as the Inspector General Police (IGP) Sindh in the best interest of the force. A two-member bench led by Justice Munib Akhter heard the case after the hearing was delayed on Tuesday due to a strike call by the lawyers. Advocate Shahab Osto submitted his credentials to the court as Khawaja’s legal counsel and submitted his client’s request to end the stay order that required Khawaja to continue to serve as the IGP Sindh. The sudden change in Khawaja’s mind amazed everyone, including his own lawyer, whereas several questions were also raised in this regard. Subsequently, the court directed AD Khawaja to continue serving duties as Sindh IG until the decision and adjourned the hearing till Thursday. “The conflict on the IGP Sindh’s posting should be mutually resolved by all parties involved,” Osto told the court. “AD Khawaja wishes to return to the federal government so that the provincial government can appoint an IGP of its choice,” the lawyer said. He requested the court to end the stay order and remove his client’s name from the respondents’ list. “The court can neither remove Khawaja’s name from the list of respondents nor end the stay order at this point,” Justice Munib Akhter responded. The Sindh High Court has stayed the order for AD Khawaja to continue performing his duties as the IGP Sindh numerous times in the past month after it asked respondents to the case to submit various documents. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said yesterday that we would accept and implement the court’s decision on the IG Sindh matter. He also remarked that the provincial government had sent names of possible candidates to federal government and asked it to appoint anyone as IG Sindh. A cabinet session, where Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah approved the decision to surrender the services of the IGP to the federal government, was held on April 5. A total of 13 IGPs in Sindh were appointed between 2002 and 2017. Khawaja was appointed the IGP on March 13, 2016. On April 2, Sardar Abdul Majeed Dasti took charge as the acting IGP Sindh after the provincial government surrendered AD Khawaja’s services to the federal government.

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