ISLAMABAD - Weeks after a deadly terrorist attack in Islamabad courts complex had claimed a dozen lives, the ruling functionaries appeared to have waken up to reshuffle the top security baboos, with IG and SSP sent packing.

The federal government on Wednesday transferred Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Sikander Hayat and SSP (Operations) Dr Rizwan on the request of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Both the officials had been made OSD (officer on special duty) and had been asked to report to Establishment Division. Establishment Division made both the transfers after the approval of Prime Minister' Office.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Khalid Khattak had been given the additional charge of IGP while AIG Operations Sultan Azam Taimuri will work as the acting SSP Operations.

Besides this, Ministry of Interior has also decided to replace its Director General (DG) of the National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) Tariq Lodhhi and he had been asked to report to Establishment Division. National Coordinator, National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA) Amir Ashraf Khawaja, had been given the additional charge of DG, NCMC of the Ministry of Interior.

A spokesman of the Interior Ministry said that regular appointments would be made on all posts within one week. He further said that the basic purpose of all the transfers was to improve the overall security of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

However, well-informed sources in the Ministry of Interior said that the government had replaced IGP as well as SSP in the wake of district courts' gun and bomb attack as both had failed to properly respond to the terror attack. The unknown gunmen had continued firing for more than half an hour in the district court, however, the capital police responded late. The legal fraternity was also demanding removal of both the officers after the incident.

Similarly, the interior minister was not satisfied with the performance of DG NCMC and especially with his statement given before the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Interior that Islamabad was facing terror threats. Lodhi was appointee of the last PPP regime.

LAWYERS PUT ON HOLD MORE PROTESTS

The legal community of federal capital has constituted a committee to hold negotiations with the government for acceptance of their four demands particularly to resolve the issue of shifting of district courts from F-8 Markaz to some other safer place.

In this regard, they have also decided to postpone their sit-in in front of the Parliament House for the time being and future strategy will be evolved after the final findings of an inquiry committee constituted by Chief Justice (CJ) Islamabad High Court (IHC) to probe the brutal gun and suicide attack of terrorists on district courts in which some 12 people had lost their lives on March 3.

Lawyers took these decisions in a joint meeting of Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) and Islamabad Bar Association (IBA) held at Shohda Hall of district courts here on Wednesday.

Bar media coordinator Chaudhary Khalid Advocate told that in the joint session of IHCBA and IBA, a committee was constituted to hold talks with the government.

"This committee will comprise office-bearers of both the representative bodies of lawyers and will hold dialogue with the government regarding the four demands of lawyers," informed Khalid Advocate.

He further added that the committee would negotiate with the government on four points including the demand of legal fraternity to shift district courts from F-8 Markaz to the Judicial Complex at G-10/1 and construction of 5,000 chambers for lawyers on the plot adjacent to the building where currently Islamabad High Court is housing and compensation amount for the families of deceased and injured people of the incident.

"The other two demands are provision of security to lawyers and removal of Inspector General (IG) Islamabad police, SSP (Operations) Dr Rizwan and Station House Officer (SHO) Margalla police station," maintained the bar representative.

He also informed that the lawyers had decided full day strike once a week, hunger strike camp daily in the parking area of sessions court.

Chaudhary Khalid said that at the moment, the legal community had decided to postpone their sit-in in front of Parliament House and in this connection further strategy would be evolved after the Inquiry Committee headed by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui submitted his report and recommendations to the CJ IHC Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi.