Islamabad - The inspector general of Islamabad police Thursday tendered unconditional apology in Islamabad High Court (IHC) for passing derogatory remarks against judiciary in a report submitted before the court.

A division bench of IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi and Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui accepted apology of the IG Tahir Alam Khan after he personally appeared before the court while SSP Mirwaiz and SP Jamil Hashmi also flanked him. It was April 22 when Islamabad police had submitted a letter before the IHC during the hearing in the bail after arrest case of an alleged narcotics smuggler. In the said letter, while directing to investigation officers to attend a refresher course in order to overcome defective investigation in cases pertaining to narcotics, the IG had said, “Due to the pinching remarks by the judiciary off and on, he and other senior supervisory officers of police, have to face the embarrassing situation.”

During the previous hearing in the post-arrest bail plea of an alleged narcotics smuggler, the court had expressed annoyance over the letter and summoned the IG to appear before the court in this matter. On Thursday, the IG Tahir Alam Khan stated before the IHC bench that it was a junior officer’s mistake that used inappropriate language against judiciary. He added that it was an unconscious mistake and assured the court of being cautious next time. The IHC bench observed that it seemed that non-professional people have been appointed in the police department as the court in various cases has to call IG time and again due to flaws in investigations of various cases.

The dual bench further observed that it appeared that the IG wrote the letter after he got irritated while the court has summoned him to provide support from the court. Then the bench inquired from the IG that there were news that he had permitted police staff to let go off the people carrying one or two bottles of alcohols. In this connection, IG Tahir clarified by saying that he meant the staff should also stop and act against the organized rackets and influential class for carrying or using drugs but the subordinate interpreted it differently and issued the above directions on their own. He stated that he is grade-21 officer among number of other influential people in the capital who are trying to improve the system. He informed the court that he has introduced a monitoring system and has also started training sessions for the officers.

Regarding the forensic test of the drugs, the IG said that they had made a special cell for the drug sampling and investigation. In this regard a memorandum of understanding (MOU) had been signed with the KP government for sample testing. Previously they were taking services from the Punjab government that had been charging them with Rs 5000 a test. But KP government will charge Rs 1,000, the IG said.

Later, the dual bench of IHC accepted his apology and pardoned the IG. The case due to which all this happened was related to a bail after arrest of a man Muhammad Shafiq Afridi who was booked by Bhara Kahu police after recovering 10-kg hashish from his possession.

During the hearing in his bail petition, the court had directed police to submit reply regarding the matter that the sample was not representative of the total quantity of narcotics and the court had observed that one sample of 10 grams was prepared after taking a very small quantity from each packet which was sent to chemical examiner.

The court had further observed in this matter that as per law, if different samples taken from different packets are not kept separately for their separate analysis by the chemical examiner then the sample would not be a representative sample.