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SC suspends transfer of IGP Islamabad, seeks reply from govt

The supreme court on Monday suspended a notification pertaining to the ‘abrupt’ transfer of Inspector General Police Islamabad, Lt (Retd.) Jan Muhammad.
Hearing the suo moto notice taken by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar earlier today, the apex court has ordered the federal government to submit its reply on Wednesday.
Attorney General informed the court that the police chief was transferred following the verbal orders issued by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
While taking notice of the issue, the top judge, earlier, remarked ‘Secretary defence should appear before the court and explain as to why the top cop was transferred.
Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that the political interference in police would not be tolerated, wondering whether the policeman was transferred on an issue regarding the son of a minister.
‘Rule of law would be established in the country and the institutions would not be weakened,’ the CJP clarified.
On Sunday, it was reported on mainstream media that the IGP Islamabad Jan Muhammad was transfered allegedly for refusing to attend the call of federal minister for science and technology, Azam Sawati.
However, the Interior ministry said Sawati had nothing to do with the transfer of IGP rather the summary of his removal was on PM’s table for a couple of weeks.
Moreover, the Twitter handle of the federal government designed to bust fake news stated that this was a fake news and such reports must not come in media without verification.
It is worth mentioning here that earlier IG Punjab police Tahir Khan was also removed from his post despite serving for merely five weeks

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