Minister backs right to sack police
CHAUDHRY SAYS JAN MOHAMMAD HAS MULTIPLE COMPLAINTS AGAINST HIM
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry yesterday said that inspector generals of police (IGPs) are answerable to the prime minister and chief minister, and questioned “what the point of elections is” if the premier cannot suspend a police chief.
Speaking to the media in Islamabad, the minister commented on the transfer of Islamabad Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Jan Mohammad and said, “There were multiple complaints against him and he was not cooperative.”
“Drugs are being sold in schools across Islamabad and the police took no measures to crackdown on drug mafia,” he explained.
“If the bureaucracy does not do its job then the premier and the chief minister have the authority to transfer them and if the country has to be run through bureaucracy then elections should not have been conducted,” the minister asserted.
“If the prime minister cannot even suspend an IGP then there is no point of elections and the government can be run through four bureaucrats,” Chaudhry added.
The transfer of Mohammad caught the attention of the media and the supreme court after it was alleged that a federal minister used his influence.
It all began on October 26, when a displaced family from Bajaur set up a makeshift settlement next to Science and Technology Minister Azam Khan Swati’s farmhouse. The family faced the wrath of the minister and his body guards after a buffalo wandered into the farmhouse. The incident infuriated the minister and he contacted Mohammad to take action against the family.
However, according to the minister, the Inspector General of Police did not answer his calls.
Talking to the media, Swati claimed he made 38 phone calls to Mohammad.
“After failing to contact IGP, I brought the matter to the prime minister’s notice who sent him packing,” said Swati.
Later, on the complaint of the minister’s son Usman Khan Swati, police took into custody five slum dwellers including two women and they were sent on judicial remand by a court on Monday.