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Major reshuffle in federal, provincial, and district administrative machinery prior to polls

Police shuffles in Punjab surprise many; Officers with long-term postings surrendered to Establishment Division

By Faisal Ali Ghumman

LAHORE: A large-scale bureaucratic reshuffle took place in the three provinces of the country on Wednesday ahead of general elections 2018 after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) gave final node to the provincial interim governments of required changes.

The changes were proposed by the caretaker federal and provincial governments and were approved by the ECP.

The electoral body allowed the federal government to seek services of as much as 18 senior police officials of the Punjab Police.

Likewise, ECP also approved to transfer Punjab’s 34 secretaries, 35 deputy commissioners and 77 IGs, SSPs, SPs and additional SPs.

The commission further allowed transfer of Balochistan’s secretaries, six commissioners and 33 deputy commissioners.

Expanding its scope to Sindh as well, the electoral body allowed Sindh’s interim set up to make transfers and changes in bureaucracy following that as many as 14 secretaries, two IGs and several SSPs were transferred.

The reshuffle is apparently aimed at ensuring transparent and unbiased general elections 2018.

The province-wise details of the shuffle in bureaucracy as issued by the ECP are:

In Punjab, the services of 18 police officers and 28 senior government officers were returned to the federal government; transfers of 64 officers of Punjab police have been approved; transfers of 34 secretaries and managing directors in the province have been okayed; the transfers of 35 deputy commissioners have been approved; and the transfers of 77 SSPs, AIGs and SPs have been approved as well
In Sindh, the transfers of 14 secretaries in the province have been okayed; the transfers of two AIGs, 14 DIGs and various SSPs have been approved; and the transfers of six commissioners and 33 deputy commissioners have been approved.
In Balochistan, the transfers of three secretaries have been okayed; the transfers of six commissioners, 33 deputy commissioners and 64 assistant commissioners have been approved; and the transfers of 31 sub-divisional police officers (SDPOs) have also been approved.

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In Punjab after the appointment of Dr Syed Kaleem Imam as IGP, major changes in the regions and the districts were on the cards soon after Eidul Fitr holidays.
In major development, senior police officers serving key positions in the tenure of PML-N government have been surrendered to the federal government for further postings.
The prominent among them are Capital City Police Officer Captain (retired) Muhammad Amin Wains, Additional IG Special Branch Faisal Shahkar, Additional IG Operations Punjab Aamir Zulfiqar Khan, Additional Hussain Asghar, Regional Police Officer Rawalpindi Muhammad Wisal Fakhar Sultan, RPO Gujranwala Riffat Mukhtar, RPO Sargodha Dr Akhtar Abbas, DIG Ahmad Ishaq Jahangir, DIG Muhammad Waqar Abbasi, SSP Israr Ahmad Khan, SSP Kamran Yousaf Malik, SSP Syed Ali Mohsin, DPO Gujrat Jehanzeb Nazir, SSP Admn Lahore Rana Ayyaz Saleem, Chief Traffic Officer Lahore Rai Ijaz Ahmad, and DPO Sheikhupura Sarfraz Khan Virk.
Interestingly Additional IG Logistics and Procurement B A Nasir has been posted CCPO Lahore; Additional IG Training Tariq Masood Yaseen has been given portfolio of Additional IG Finance Punjab; DIG Traffic Punjab Muhammad Farooq Mazhar has been posted Additional IG Special Branch; RPO Faisalabad Bilal Siddique Kamyana has been transferred and posted DIG Research & Development Central Police Office Punjab against vacant post; RPO Bahawalpur Waseem Ahmad Khan has been posted DIG Special Protection Unit Punjab; RPO Multan Muhammad Idrees Ahmad has been assigned the charge of DIG Establishment I CPO; RPO Sahiwal Tariq Rustam Chohan has been assigned the portfolio of Commandant Police Training College Lahore; while City Police Officer Multan Sarfraz Ahmad Falki has been appointed DIG Discipline & Inspection CPO Punjab.
Additional IG Investigation Punjab Abu Bakar Khuda Baskh has been assigned the portfolio of RPO Multan while DIG Munir Masood Marth has been posted CPO Multan. CPO Gujranwala Ashfaq Ahmad has been transferred and posted CPO Faisalabad.
DIG SPU Punjab Captain (retired) Muhammad Faisal Rana has been posted RPO Bahawalpur; DIG Shariq Kamal Siddiqi RPO Sahiwal; DIG Fiaz Ahmad Dev RPO Rawalpindi; DIG Ghulam Mehmood Dogar RPO Faisalabad; RPO Sheikhpura Zulfiqar Hameed RPO Gujranwala; CPO Gujranwala Moeen Masood; Syed Khurram Ali DIG Investigation Lahore; DIG Investigation Lahore Sultan Ahmad Ch RPO Sargodha; RPO Dera Ghazi Khan Sohail Habib Tajik has been posted RPO Sheikhupura, and DIG Technical Procurement Shahzad Akbar has been posted DIG Operations Lahore. All 36 district police officers (DPOs) in Punjab were also reshuffled.
Some officers who have been surrendered to the federal government for further postings had been serving Punjab for the last several years and the interim Punjab government and the ECP were of the opinion that such officers might have developed political ‘associations’ and are required to be transferred outside Punjab to ensure transparency in elections.
Police circles are of the view that the intelligence reports about the financial integrity of few officers is also a deciding factor. They take the surrendering of few of them to the ED as surprise.
The circles, however, acknowledge the recent postings of well-reputed and professional officers in the field formations in Punjab.

The current interim governments have followed the suit of 2008 and 2013 elections in which administrative shake up also took place ahead of polls.

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