LAHORE: Inspector General Punjab Police (IGP) Amjad Javed Saleem has been removed as provincial police chief with immediate effect. A notification has been issued in this regard.
According to the notification, Mr Amjad Javed Saleemi, a BS-22 officer of Police Service of Pakistan, presently serving as Provincial Police Officer (PPO) government of Punjab, is transferred and directed to report to Establishment Division with immediate effect and until further order.
Meanwhile, Captain (retd) Arif Nawaz Khan, a BS-22 officer of Police Service of Pakistan, presently serving as Secretary Narcotics Control Division, is transferred and posted as Punjab Police Chief. The federal government removed the Punjab inspector general of police (IG) and subsequent reports, unconfirmed ones, about the resignation of the much-hailed police reforms commissioner added to the complexity of the situation. Amjad Javed Saleemi replaced Mohammad Tahir as Punjab IG in a surprise move that sources tried to explain by a variety of theories.
Tahir was in the post for only four weeks. Later on, a senior police official tweeted that Nasir Durrani, head of police reforms commission and a favourite with Prime Minister Imran Khan, had stepped down.
Mr Durrani’s cellphone was off, which was unusual, and there was no immediate confirmation whether he had resigned. Police officers close to him told media in Lahore that Mr Durrani appeared upset in the wake of the news about Mr Tahir’s departure from IG’s office.
Mohammad Tahir’s removal is said to have come about after a growing realisation in the PTI circles.—reporter that he was unable to carry out the task required of him by the rulers during the tone-setting period of the Imran government.
However, the Election Commission of Pakistan suspended the notification regarding the IG’s replacement, citing it as a violation of the ECP directive barring transfer and posting of officials before the Oct 14 by-elections.