ISLAMABAD - The federal government yesterday appointed Mohammad Amlash, a grade 21 officer of Police Service of Pakistan (PPS), as the new Director General (DG) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

An announcement made by the Prime Minister Office says that PM gave final approval of the appointment of new DG FIA.

The post of DG FIA was vacant for the last some weeks since the retirement of his predecessor Akbar Khan Hoti and the additional DG FIA was holding the charge of the office on temporary basis.

Mohammad Amlash as an inquiry officer had recommended dismissal of former SSP Islamabad Mohammad Ali Nekokara for allegedly refusing to perform his duties during the protest sit-ins held in 2014 in the capital by the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). He was working as Inspector General of Police (IGP) Balochistan at that time. Later on, the government dismissed Nekokara from police service of Pakistan in the light of this inquiry report.

According to official sources, Amlash recently was also the strong candidate for the post of IGP Punjab at a time when the government was considering replacement of the incumbent IGP Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera. However, the proposal died down due to certain reasons, including PSPs had disliking towards him for his recommendation of dismissal of Nekokara, a PSP officer.

The government recently has posted Mohammad Amlash as the DG of the National Police Bureau (NBP) after he was removed as IGP Balochistan. He remained police chief of violence stricken province from 2014 to 2015. He also worked as additional IGP Special Branch as well as Investigation in Punjab and had served Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore and Regional Police Officer (RPO) Sargodha.

In addition to that, the federal government has appointed Kamaluddin Tipu, a grade 21 police officer, in the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA). Tipu has served as acting chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory (PEMRA) in the past.