LAHORE – The Federal Rotation Policy 2012 has been implemented and about 35 police and other law enforcement officers having domicile of Balochistan have been posted in their native province; however, these officers do not include six ASPs who are currently under training in Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan and the National Police Academy.

“This discriminatory policy is in sheer violation of the Constitution because the officers of an underprivileged province have been confined to their native province to create space for the blue-eyed in Punjab,” a DIG said on the condition of anonymity.

“What about the police officers hailing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, who have never been posted in their native province since their induction in the police department!” he wondered.

According to him, the uniform rotation policy of 2000 was amended only to accommodate blue-eyed officers like Lahore CCPO Muhammad Aslam Tareen, at the cost of others who have been ‘posted’ to Balochistan.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Gilgit-Baltistan have suffered frequent suicide bombings, target killings, kidnappings for ransom and other crimes, but the police officers haling from these provinces have never been asked to report in their home provinces.

The officer said the Establishment Division articulated a new rotation policy in August, but one that was against the spirit of federal services and singled out officers having domicile of Balochistan.

“The implementation was swift and it has triggered a sense of deprivation among the officers; and their representation in federal institutions has further decreased,” he held.

The officer believed the consequences of this rotation policy would affect the image and integrity of the officers with the federation. “If the issue is not immediately addressed, it would destroy the very fabric of federal services, especially for officers from Balochistan,” he added.

Balochistan needs 60 federal officers, while 24 direct PSP officers have so far been posted in the province in accordance with the recent rotation policy. The officers do not include six ASPs; one of whom is under training at the Civil Services Academy, one in the National Police Academy, two in Frontier Constabulary, one in Gilgit-Baltistan and one in Punjab.

Similarly, of the 17 Encadred PSP officers, 16 have been transferred and posted in Balochistan, except Lahore CCPO Muhammad Aslam Tareen. However, many senior officers hailing from Sindh – including Lahore SSP Discipline and Inspection Shariq Kamal Siddique, Pakpattan DPO Jehanzaib Nazeer and CTD SSP Rao Karim – have been serving in Punjab since long and have never been posted in their home province.

Contrary to this, SSP Fiaz Ahmed Sumbal, former PSO to Punjab IGP, has rendered his services in both Sindh and Balochistan, but has been posted again in the latter.

According to the recently implemented policy, officers who have a domicile of Balochistan and who have completed three years outside the paternal province may be posted back in their province of domicile.

Similarly, other clauses say those officers serving in the province of domicile and have ever been posted outside their province of domicile and those officers who have remained posted in a province other than their domicile or in the federal government may be posted in Balochistan. Likewise, those officers who have served outside their province of domicile and have not served in Balochistan may also be posted in Balochistan. The policy further says those officers who have served in Balochistan and their period is less than three years, may be sent to Balochistan for posting.

A legal expert said consequent to amendments in the rotation policy, the officers domiciled in Balochistan would be marginalised and transferred to the province after three years of service outside Balochistan currently as well as in future. He said the officers with domiciles of provinces other than Balochistan do not fall within clause (i) of the policy issued vide letter No.F.10/2/2006/E-5 dated 28.08.2012, which amounts to discrimination and violation of Article 25 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973.

He said the total strength of Balochistan domiciled officers is 25. The ASPs who are under training will also have to go to Balochistan after completion of three years service. “Shakeel Durrani, an officer serving in the FIA, Quetta, has also been transferred to Balochistan in violation of the Rotation Policy 2000,” the legal expert claimed.

He, however, said the new rotation policy was an amendment to the Rotation Policy 2000, but when implementing the same, sheer violation was committed by the authority in the certain clauses of the rotation policy in different ways.

According to him, the transfers shall be planned preferably at the end of an academic year to avoid mid-year dislocation in the education of an officer’s child / children and the Establishment Division and provincial government shall inform officers about their likely movement at least 45 in advance of such movement.

An ex-IGP, also on condition anonymity, said the principle of ‘least rotated first’ had also been violated in the recently implemented policy. One may believe it or not, several officers who have not been rotated so for have not been transferred and they are still serving in their province of domicile (clause-vi of the rotation policy 2012).