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IGP Islamabad Transfer: Real Story behind the headlines

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  1. RangeMaster

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    IGP Islamabad, Jan Mohammad, a Grade -20 Officer, appointed by the caretaker government, before the general elections was abruptly transferred out, by the federal government, on Sunday, and his services were placed at the disposal of Establishment Division.

    Media reports created the impression that IGP was transferred out on the wishes of the son of a minister or instructions of a minister. (Azam Swati). Supreme court of Pakistan took notice of this development and later suspended the notification till federal government explains its actions.

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    Attorney General, Anwar Masood Khan, appearing before the court explained that IGP was transferred on the verbal orders of the Prime Minister. Later Secretary Interior and Secretary Establishment also appeared and explained that IGP was posted by the caretaker set up and his transfer was under consideration for the past several days as his performance was not being seen as satisfactory by the Prime Minister’s Office.

    This police protection is usually posting of a uniformed policeman to ward off and deter any potential violence. IGP confirmed that he has received the written application and that he is taking action.

    It was also explained that a summary existed which could not be signed by the Prime Minister due to his traveling and engagements. Discussion in the top court, however, remained focused on the procedure of the transfer, as to who could have ordered IGP’s transfer and if it was a political decision rather than administrative.




    What Really Happened?
    GVS was able to talk to several sources, in the police, the administration and the government familiar with the development – and a totally different picture emerges.

    According to these sources, Senator Azam Swati, who has a farmhouse in Orchard Scheme, near Chak Shehzad, requested police protection in the morning of Thursday, Oct 25th. Swati called the relevant DSP, Syed Mohammad Ashraf, around 10.30am informing him that his family and servants are getting threats from certain illegal residents in the area and requested police protection at his farmhouse.

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    DSP informed him to call a senior officer. Senator then called a senior officer, of the rank of a SSP, who informed him that given new government’s policy on such matters police needs to get a written request or application for taking action.

    Senator who had to attend a cabinet meeting starting at 11.30am then ordered his office to send a written request to IGP Islamabad, Jan Mohammad. This request informing of feared potential violence and request for police protection was first faxed to IGP Office before 5 pm (Fax No: 051-9259390) and later sent physically by a bearer.




    Senator later called the IGP, was able to brief him on his assessment of the risks of violence and requested police protection at his residence. This police protection is usually posting of a uniformed policeman to ward off and deter any potential violence. IGP confirmed that he has received the written application and that he is taking action.

    IGP Jan Mohammad, a Grade-20 Officer, was posted by the Caretaker setup, PTI government, after assuming office, had made a policy not to change officers unless they have a reason to.

    Somehow IGP failed to take the prompt action. GVS found out that he did forward the request downwards, through normal police channels, but it kept on moving through the official channels and did not reach the SSP in time for him to deploy a policeman for providing protection.

    In the evening of October 26th, around 6 pm, the illegal settlers, apparently from some tribal areas, did barge onto Swati’s residence, as threatened and beat up his servants, took them hostage along with their weapons. Swati, learning of the violent situation, then started calling the IGP on the phone who was not available.

    Read more: Did CM Punjab order the transfer of DPO Gondal?

    Servants were rushed to Poly Clinic for emergency treatment and police sources who later reached the spot confirmed that attackers had several beaten the servants. Sources close to Swati argue that if Islamabad police had deployed one or two uniformed policemen in time then the whole violent situation that happened would have been avoided.




    According to police sources and Islamabad administration, Shaheryar Afridi, State Minister for Interior, had already been complaining of IGP’s slow manner of working, his inability to respond to real-time situations and IGP’s transfer was widely expected. IGP Jan Mohammad, a Grade-20 Officer, was posted by the Caretaker setup, PTI government, after assuming office, had made a policy not to change officers unless they have a reason to.

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    This was again reiterated by PM’s Advisor on bureaucracy, Shahzad Arbab, during a detailed briefing to media in a local hotel at the completion of one month of the government. Apparently, PM when learnt of this latest development, and IGP’s inability to provide protection in time despite written application, ordered his immediate transfer
     
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    I don't know what this transfer joke is, If Police or any government officer is not competent to perform the duties than he/she must be kicked out of service to give opportunity to the competent and hard working officers or at-least he/she must be demoted.
     
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    Well, the system is on collision course. The judiciary has to limit its interference into the governmental affairs. Transferring an officer should be left to the govt until and unless there is clear malicious intent and the officer contacts the court himself or herself. Furthermore, if someone is incompetent, he or she must be removed through a due process but it should not take more two months.
     
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    Hmmn, I guess police are off limits.
     
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    Will they transfer him if the same thing happened with aam admi?

    After trasnferring police took promt action and jailed 12 years old boy and 15 years old girl with their parents.

    Do you really believe these kids have beaten armed security gaurds.

    Well i dont have any issue police should be purged from incompetent people and black sheeps. But they have transferred him on holiday, on verbal orders without asking any explanation.
    Yes i agree police is corrupty, i do agree there are corrupt people who give favours to their fav parties.
    But do you believe in an civilised country thats how we should deal with these issues and make it a precedence.
    Let me know if you guys can provide any justification.
     
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    Probably Not.

    you are saying 12 years old boys and girls beat up the senators workers?

    He was appointed by the caretaker government for that reason alone, he should have been removed from job from day one.
     
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    Yes our police put these kids in jail. Thats the holly highness.
     
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    I believe elected government should have full right to change who ever they want. At the end of the day they have to answer after 5 years. But with duo process and not verbal orders as if we are living in Mughal era.
     
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    Agreed Sir,
    Every gov’t has the right to appoint the bureaucratic team of their choice. No one is questioning Imran Khan’s right to transfer/suspend or fire anyone he feels is incompetent or working against the interests of the country. Problem is the manner how this right is exercised.

    Very early in my working career as part of the training; I was made to attend “Effective Supervision Course”. This primarily dealt with handling employees not doing their job to their Supervisor/Manager’s satisfaction and dealing with complaints about rude behaviour, non-co-operation with other staff & insubordination.

    We were told that before taking any action, the supervisor should thoroughly investigate and determine the facts. If the complaint was genuine, the offender should be called by his immediate supervisor and asked to explain his actions (Show cause). This must be done on 'one to one' basis with no one else present so that the employee does not feel that his dignity was compromised. If the accused was considered guilty, he was to be given a verbal as well as a written warning that a repeat of the offence would result in demotion and transfer to a lesser post.

    If the offence involved theft, sabotage or insubordination; the offender was asked to “show cause” in writing and the matter referred to the Employees’ Relations (ERD). If ERD was not satisfied with the explanation; the employee was given the choice of either resigning or have another hearing in front of the Gen. Manager. The employee had the right to bring witnesses to verify his side of the story, however, if Gen Mgr. also found him culpable, he was dismissed which meant that he would not get a good reference when applying for a job with a different organization.

    The above is meant to show that while incompetence, bad behaviour & insubordination is not tolerated by any organisation; good corporate organizations follow a fair & just grievance procedure. No one has the ‘Carte Blanche’ to punish the subordinate without giving him the chance to defend himself.

    Good ‘Governance’ works on the same principals. State employees are not personal servants of the ministers /elected representative. And elective representatives are not kings /lords that their whims should be obeyed blindly. Even the army holds a court-martial before handing out punishment.

    IG police, even the DPO’s are career officers and must have been at least reasonably competent to reach such exalted ranks. PTI gov’t transfers a DPO in the middle of the night and an IG while he is attending a course in Malaysia!

    What is most disappointing is that Imran Khan & PTI narrative has consistently been that previous regimes had destroyed the institutions by politicising them? Now PTI actions are giving the message to all the bureaucracy that unless they become ‘Yes men’ to Imran Khan & PTI ministers, no matter how high they are; they would lose their jobs without any chance to defend themselves!

    Imran Khan has not been the PM three months and his team are behaving like Royalty that must be obeyed. Only Allah knows how badly they would behave after a couple of years. Is this the ‘New Pakistan’ that Pakistani public voted for?
     
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