ISLAMABAD - The controversy over the appointment of new inspector general of Sindh police is touching its peak as the federal government plans to appoint the IGP itself if Sindh fails to respond, The Nation has leant.According to sources, it may turn out to be a disaster for PML-N as it might lose support of PPP against the ‘revolutionists’. The sources, however, maintain that the Centre will wait for 15 days before appointing the new IGP.The federal government has proposed three names for the top police slot of Sindh and it would be empowered to appoint the new IGP after 15 days under the agreement of 1993 between the federal and provincial governments. This agreement is widely known as Moeen Qureshi formula.The Sindh government removed the former IGP Iqbal Mahmood from his post and ordered him to report to establishment division while appointing Ghulam Haider Jamali as acting IGP. The Sindh government wants to appoint Fayyaz Laghari as new Sindh police chief but the federal government purposed three names including ex-IGP Khan Baig, Mir Zubair and Rafique Hassan Butt five days ago for the slot.Well-placed sources in the establishment division informed this scribe that the federal government has mentioned in its letter that if the Sindh government would not inform the final name for IG among the proposed three names within 15 days under the Moin Qureshi formula, it would appoint the new IGP itself. The sources said that appointment of chief secretary and IGP of any province is a federal subject and federal and provincial governments have agreed for avoiding the controversies on both of these appointments in 1993. The sources said that Sindh government removed Iqbal Mahmood from IG office and appointed Jamali as acting IGP sindh without consultation with the federal government.Many controversies are surrounding the removal of Iqbal Mahmood as first it is a violation of Supreme Court judgement in Anita Turab case in which the court has bound the departments and governments, not to remove any officer before completion of his tenure unless valid reasons are given. Secondly, the ex-IG reportedly refused to sign Rs 8 billion weapons deals with a Serbian vendor keeping the fate of ex-IG KP Naveed Malik in mind, who is behind the bars these days.

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