KARACHI - The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the federal government to issue notification concerning the appointment of a permanent IG police in Sindh and submit compliance report within a week.

The three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani and comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Amir Hani Muslim, was hearing the Karachi law and order case at the Karachi Registry.

During the hearing, the chief justice regretted the federal and Sindh governments had differences over such an important issue. Justice Amir Hani Muslim said the Sindh and federal governments should resolve the issue over the appointment of Sindh IGP as the Supreme Court could not intervene in this issue.

Earlier, during the hearing, the court chastised the Sindh government over non-appointment of the Sindh IG despite the passage of a 24-hour ultimatum and ordered the advocate general to consult the Sindh chief minister to finalise a name for the Sindh IGP until 11:30 am.

The advocate general said the chief minister did not agree to any of the three names suggested by the federal government and sought time.

The deputy attorney general told the court that the federal government was bound to consult the provinces for the appointment of respective IGs.

Justice Amir Hani Muslim said if the Sindh government didn’t agree, IG could not be appointed, adding the court had nothing to do with such government matters.

The Sindh advocate general said an IGP was being appointed in Punjab in accordance with the wishes of the Punjab chief minister. He added the federation had suggested three names for the slot of Sindh IGP, but none of them could maintain peace there.

Justice Amir Hani Muslim remarked, “Can one person maintain peace? Give us the name of that such person, we will recommend him to the federation for his posting as Sindh IGP.”