Karachi’s top cop becomes contention between PML-N and PPP

Karachi Shahid Hayat

KARACHI- The removal of city’s top cop and leading officer of ongoing targeted operation Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Shahid Hayat, has become a new bone of contention between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

According to the PakistanTribe‘s media watch, the Sindh’s Minister of Information and Federal Minister of Information exchanged heated comments over the issue.

Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid had showed concern and regretted over the removal of Shahid Hayat from his post. He said “Given the circumstances, Hayat should not have been dislodged from such an important position. I am requesting Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, to give Hayat’s case a serious second thought because he is a good cop.”

However, Sharjeel Memon snubbed his federal counterpart and said “The federal information minister better not meddle in the provincial affairs.”

Calling Rashid a case of ‘anxiety disorder’, Memon warned him to mind his own business.

“Sindh government is alive to its responsibilities. It will not tolerate any interference from the federation in any of its matters”, said Memon.

He also made it clear that Hayat was removed on the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan. 

Background

Four Additional Inspector Generals of Police (AIGPs), including Hayat, and six Deputy Inspector Generals (DIGs) of Police were kicked downstairs from their posts by the government of Sindh on Thursday.

Also, a notification to this effect was issued with immediate effect following the Supreme Court’s May 9, 2014 order, which called for reversion of all officials on Own-Pay Scale (OPS) back to their original posts at the earliest.

Hayat was replaced by AIGP Traffic, Ghulam Qadir Thebo.

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Hissan Khan

Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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