ISLAMABAD -  The federal cabinet on Wednesday accepted a longstanding demand of the Pakistan People’s Party to replace the Sindh police chief.

Sources said that the cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, approved the PPP proposal, under which Sardar Abdul Majeed Dasti, a grade-22 officer, will replace Sindh Inspector-General of Police AD Khawaja.

The decision is aimed at placating the PPP as the government faces political challenges amid threats of agitation by the opposition parties.

The PPP-led Sindh government had written to the centre this month to replace the IGP Khawaja, who never had good working relations with the PPP.

Sources told The Nation that Dasti, Kaleem Imam and Ghulam Qadir Thebo were considered for the job as suggested by the PPP.

The Sindh government had earlier tried to remove Khawaja but the Sindh High Court and the federal government came to the IGP’s rescue.

Khawaja had developed differences with the Sindh government over the posting and transfer of police officers.

A federal minister who attended the cabinet meeting told The Nation that the Pak-US tension was also discussed during the meeting.

“The PM and the cabinet agreed that there should be no compromise on the sovereignty of the country. The US should be responded according to its attitude,” he said, citing the discussion.

The minister said the political situation in Balochistan was discussed and the cabinet expressed satisfaction with the resolution of the issue after Sanaullah Zehri’s resignation as the chief minister.

An official statement issued after the meeting said the cabinet condemned the barbaric incident in Kasur, and directed that strict action should be taken against the perpetrators of the heinous act.

It said the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) gave a presentation to the federal cabinet on power system constraints for summer 2018 and the requirements for the up-gradation of transmission and distribution system in the country.

“Discussing transfer of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee and cotton-related matters from Ministry of Textile Industry to Ministry of National Food Security and Research Division, the federal cabinet constituted a committee headed by Adviser to PM Sartaj Aziz to assess cotton production pattern in the country and submit its recommendation within two weeks for making an informed decision,” said the statement.

The cabinet approved amendment in the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Ordinance, 1960.

It ratified “Protocol between the government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, regarding the exchange of armed forces personnel.”

Approval was granted to signing draft memorandum of understanding between the Department of Archaeology and Museums National Museum Rietberg, Zurich Switzerland.

The decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet in its meeting held on December 22, 2017 were ratified.

The appointment of member of National Industrial Relations Commission submitted by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development was approved.

The appointment of chief executive officer/managing director Inter-State Gas System Company Limited was approved.

The cabinet also approved placing of annual report of the National Economic Council for year 2016-2017 before both houses of the parliament as required by Article 156(5) of the constitution.

At the start of the meeting, the federal cabinet offered prayers for the victims of this week’s terror incident in Quetta.