islamabad - In what appeared as the first casualty of the Faizabad sit-in saga, the government on Wednesday replaced Inspector General of Islamabad Police Muhammad Khalid Khattak with Sultan Azam Temuri, who was presently serving as regional police officer, Gujranwala.
Khattak, a BS-20 officer of Police Service of Pakistan (PSP), was posted as IG of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) police in April. He was transferred and directed to report to Establishment Division with immediate effect, and until further orders, said a notification.
Dr Sultan Azam Temuri, also a BS-20 PSP officer, was most-recently serving under the government of Punjab.
The replacement marked the first casualty of the dharna saga which kept life paralyzed in the twin cities for over three weeks in November. Islamabad police and the district administration were under severe criticism for their failure in dealing with the protesters and clearing the Faizabad interchange. Finally, the government had to agree to a deal with the protesters, a move seen as having dented the writ of the federal government. Temuri has served as DIG (Operations) ICT police.
According to the sources, the federal government was not happy with the way the former ICT police chief and other senior police officers handled the protesters of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah. They said that the replacement of Khattak could follow more transfers as well.
“SSP (Headquarters) Muhammad Bin Ashraf, SP (Headquarters) Sumera Azam, SSP (Operations) Sajid Kiani and AIG Special Branch Capt (R) Ilyas might be the next to face wrath of the government for their alleged failure in tackling the sit-in that ultimately brought the government to its knees,” said a senior official of the government when asked to divulge reasons for the transfer of the IG.
He said that the government had seen performance of Islamabad police during the sit-in as incompetence on their part.