Min­is­ter backs right to sack po­lice


Gulf News - - Pakistan - BY ZUBAIR QURESHI Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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