PTI Govt reshuffles 3 provincial police chiefs
Kaleem Imam gets ‘backing’ of an influential security agency
By Faisal Ali Ghumman
LAHORE: In a much-anticipated move, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf’s (PTI) federal government on Friday removed Provincial Police Officer Punjab (Inspector General of Police) Dr Syed Kaleem Imam and replaced him with IGP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Muhammad Tahir.
According to a notification issued by the Establishment Division Islamabad, IG Sindh Amjad Javed Saleemi, BS-22, has been transferred and directed to report to the Establishment Division.
Salah-Ud-Din Khan Mehsud, a BS-21 officer, has been posted IG KP second time.
He was earlier OSD in the Establishment Division.
Mr Imam, who has got his second province as a provincial police commander, is BS-21 officer and his name was ‘surprisingly’ included in the three recommendations of PPP-led Sindh government for IG Sindh.
Senior police officers have viewed the posting of Muhammad Tahir as IG Punajb and Salah-Ud-Din as IG KP merit-oriented and result-specific
Bureaucratic circles close to the federal government believe Mr Tahir has been posted in Punjab on the strong recommendation of former IG KP and retired officer Nasir Khan Durrani who will act as Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister (CM) on Police Reforms.
Kaleem Imam has recently been grilled by Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar in the Pakpattan DPO transfer case.
As the government circles were expecting Mr Imam’s transfer from Punjab, his recommendation by the Sindh government is a bit surprising for others.
Well-informed sources claim Mr Imam, who was not on a priority list of the PPP government in the past, has got strong ‘backing’ of an influential security agency of the country.
Senior police officers have viewed the posting of Muhammad Tahir as IG Punjab and Salah-Ud-Din as IG KP merit-oriented and result-specific.
They say both officers had followed the legacy of Nasir Khan Durrani to bring police reforms in KP and make the force independent.
The officers add Mr Tahir has got a real opportunity in the tenure of PTI government to follow the pattern of KP police that is political interference free and administratively independent.
According to a senior officer, Mr Tahir will form his own team of field officers to deliver as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Meanwhile, the services of Additional IG Special Branch Muhammad Farooq Mazhar and DIG Traffic Punjab Shahzad Sultan have been placed on the disposal of the federal government who have been posted in the Intelligence Bureau.
IG Tahir’s profile
A handout issued by the spokesman of the Central Police Office Punjab, newly appointed IGP Muhammad Tahir is considered an honest and dutiful officer of the Police Service of Pakistan.
Tahir, who belongs to 16th Common, has served key posts in Punjab, Islamabad and KPK.
He joined police service in 1988 as an ASP and got initial postings as a field officer in Kohat, Mardan and Peshawar. After his promotion to the SP rank, Tahir served as SP HQ Islamabad, SP Special Branch Islamabad, SP PM House Islamabad, and Commandant IRP Islamabad.
Muhammad Tahir represented Pakistan from March 8, 1997 to April 7, 1998 during global peace mission in Bosnia. He has also served as additional SP Sialkot, Layyah, SP Crime Branch SP Police Training School Farooq Abad and SP Police Training School Rawalpindi in Punjab besides SSP National Police Academy Islamabad and AIG Establishment in National Highways & Motorways Police.
In 2009 he got promoted to DIG rank and served as CPO and RPO Faisalabad respectively after which he served as commandment Sihala police College.
Muhammad Tahir also served as DIG VIP Security Special Branch Lahore, Deputy Commandant Police College Sihala, DIG Headquarters Punjab, DIG Research & Development, DIG Training, DIG Elite Punjab besides RPO Sargodha, Additional IG CTD Punjab, RPO Bahawalpur, RPO Gujranwala Region and Additional IG Welfare and Finance at the CPO.