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IG Sindh defers leave, orders officers to set aside their leave request

KARACHI: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh Mushtaq Mahar has deferred his own leave and ordered other police officials to set aside their leave applications for 10 days.

The development came after PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto met IG Sindh and other senior officials at IG House. During the meeting, the PPP Chairman asked IG Sindh Mushtaq Mehar to continue work.

A few hours earlier, several high ranking officers of Sindh Police requested to proceed on leave. Senior officers, including IG Sindh Mushtaq Mahar, in protest over mishandle and ridicule of the Sindh police officials.

In a series of tweets, Sindh Police thanked the army chief for realising the sense of hurt that prevailed within a uniformed force, and for promptly ordering an inquiry into the matter.

Sindh police also thanked PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto and Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah for showing solidarity with the police force.

“Sindh police has always been a disciplined force which believes in institutional harmony between all key national institutions and has always been cognisant of its responsibility to serve and protect the citizens of this province and thus, keeping this in mind,” stated the tweet.

Earlier in the day, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa took notice of the arrest of PML-N leader retired Capt Mohammad Safdar in Karachi and order an immediate inquiry into the matter.

The statement comes minutes after Bilawal said all top officers of Sindh Police were wondering who were the people who surrounded the Sindh police chief’s house and took him to an unspecified location.  

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