From Zeeshan Mirza
karachi: Amid uncertainty over the future of his post, Sindh’s police chief Dr Syed Kaleem Imam on Tuesday said that he would not be transferred from his position so
easily, adding that a “big conspiracy” was being staged against him.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Sindh Police Martyrs Memorial at CPO in Karachi, the Sindh police chief said: “The impression being created is that I have been transferred and this ceremony has been transformed into a transfer ceremony. “I would like to say that I will not be transferred that easily.”
The Sindh inspector general said that when he does go, it will not be a transfer in fact “it will be a new evolution”. “I will transcend on to new stages,” he added. “This event has been changed into a farewell ceremony. Maybe Sindh Police are trying to save money for my farewell address if I am ever transferred; if I go, my worth will not diminish, don’t worry,” he said.
Following the police chief’s address, Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani while talking to newsmen rejected the allegations of a conspiracy being hatched, adding that it was Imam who had initiated conspiracies against the Sindh government. He said transferring of police personnel is a routine matter but in Sindh, despite the cabinet giving detailed reasons for Imam’s removal, he insists on staying.
“There is no deadlock between Sindh and the Centre over the matter and we are expecting that the IGP will be removed today,” Ghani said, adding that whenever they wanted to remove a senior police official in Sindh, it turned into a problem.
“He has been colluding with opposition in Sindh and planting baseless news reports regarding Sindh cabinet members in the media,” said Sindh’s information minister. IG Imam and Ghani’s comments come a day after Prime Minister Imran Khan not only cancelled his scheduled visit to the CPO but also gave a “positive gesture” to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah’s request for replacing Imam. The prime minister and provincial chief minister met at the Governor House and after their meeting many believed that the weeks-long rift between the Centre and the province had almost come to an end and chances that Imam would continue to hold the office of the IGP had become bleak. The shift in the federal government’s stance comes after Islamabad had categorically told the Sindh government that it would not unilaterally repatriate or transfer IG Imam.