Top Court suspends notification of Islamabad IG’s transfer

October 29, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday suspended notification of transfer of Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IG) Jan Mohammad. As per details acquired, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar heard the suo motu notice in Islamabad on Monday. The apex court also directed federal government to submit detailed reply in this regard till

October 31. As the hearing went underway, Attorney General (AG) told the apex court that Jan Mohammad was transferred on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s verbal orders. To this, CJP wondered that AG had transferred a high-ranked police official merely on verbal orders of PM Khan. Interior and Establishment secretaries also presented summary regarding politically-motivated transfer. It read that Islamabad IG has been transferred on verbal orders of PM Khan. Expressing exasperation on the matter, top judge made it overtly clear that political meddling in the matters of police would not be tolerated. “IG Police serves under interior minister”, remarked CJP. Earlier, CJP Justice Saqib Nisar on Monday took suo motu notice of alleged transfer of Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IG) Jan Mohammad over not picking phone of a federal minister.

“I heard that Islamabad IG was transferred over not picking phone of a minister. Secretary Interior has to reveal real reasons behind transfer of Jan Mohammad”, remarked CJP. “It also came to light that matter of phone call is linked to son of a minister. We will not allow anyone to weaken state-institutions. Writ of law would be established at all cost”, remarked CJP. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Azam Khan Swati stated he had not committed any wrongdoing in case pertaining to transfer of Islamabad IG Jan Mohammad. Swati stated that he would appear before the SC to present his stance. He added, “I hope CJP Justice Saqib Nisar will fathom my stance on the matter.”

Swati alleged that his house was attacked and employees were injured. “I approached Islamabad IG as a common citizen but he did not pick my call for 22 hours”, Swati was quoted as saying. “Upon incessant failure, I approached Prime Minister Imran Khan and secretary interior and explained issue to them”, Swati said while adding, “Is seeking security from security personnel

as a common citizen not my right.” Swati added that secretary interior also failed to contact suspended Islamabad IG despite several attempts. NNI