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ISLAMABAD: The capital police have sought the services of seven officers from the rank of superintendent of police (SP) to deputy inspector general (DIG) to fill vacant posts.

It also requested for the withdrawal of two officers from the capital police, sources in the department told Dawn on the condition of anonymity. They said some senior officers serving with the police for more than five years and those having political affiliations were preferred by the police to remain posted in the capital.

The sources said a summery had been moved to the chief commissioner office to forward it to the Establishment Division. In the summary, IGP Jan Mohammad requested that the services of SSP Security Malik Matloob and AIG operations Asmatullah Junejo should be taken back.

The sources said the IGP had a dispute with the SSP security when both were serving in the security wing of the capital police in 2013-14. They developed differences over an issue relating to the preparation of Diplomatic Enclave entry passes.

The sources said some senior officers had been working with the capital police for the last five years. At least, two of them have political affiliations, including one who hailed from the hometown of a former prime minister.

The sources said the police officer may influence the residents of the capital’s northeastern areas to cast vote in favour of the political party of the former prime minister. Two other officers are serving in the capital for over seven years, they added.

Meanwhile, the IGP has also sought the transfer of a DIG, four SSPs and four SPs from Punjab to the capital. The officers included DIG Rifat Mukhtar, SSPs Sikandar Hayat, Mujahid Akbar, Malik Jamil Zafar and Kamran Adil and SPs Abdul Aziz, Gulfam Nasir, Syed Ali Akbar and Hassan Jehangir, said the sources.

Some important posts are lying vacant in the capital, including the DIG operations, AIG general, additional SP security of operation, SP Diplomatic Enclave and SP Industrial Area.

The IGP has sought the services of four SPs from the Establishment Division even though some DSPs are waiting for their promotion to the rank of SP. The sources said there were some DSPs who had been waiting for their promotion and courts also had issued orders in their favour. However, a few officers were creating hurdles in the process.

Former IGP Dr Sultan Azam Temuri had ordered the concerned officers to complete the promotion process of the DSPs but it was ignored by the officers concerned.

Later, an SP, who has been attached with the capital police for the last seven years, filed a petition in court.

The Departmental Promotion Board, which met on Wednesday for the promotion of inspectors and DSPs, postponed the proceedings for the latter after it was informed that a write petition had been filed in the court. IGP Jan Mohammad could not be contacted for comments.

When contacted and asked about the reason for filing the petition against the promotion of the DSPs, the petitioner, SP Amir Niazi, said: “All matters related to it are being looked after by the DSP legal.”

Published in Dawn, June 29th, 2018