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Sindh police chief's moral victory over PPP

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Sindh police have been in the news ever since they got a new Inspector General in the form of Allah Dino Khawaja last March. Despite whatever human failings he may have — he is still said to be one of the most upright policemen that the province has ever had. Indeed, he is a man committed to transparency. And it is this which has seemingly worked to his disadvantage, with those in government circles reportedly being irked by this.

The row with the provincial government first kicked off over his refusal to do the bidding of the political elite regarding officer transfers. This was a clear signal of his intentions to depoliticise the police, perhaps a first for the province. Before this, vacancies were filled depending on the whims of local political stalwarts.

Nevertheless, the constant wrangling between the PPP-led provincial government and AD Khawaja reached its peak recently when he was divested of his powers to transfer senior police officers. The move rather rendered him little more than a figurehead. Not one to take this clipping of professional wings lightly, the Inspector General filed an application addressed to the Chief Minister. In this he outlined how the erroneous manoeuvre had impacted the command and control mechanism of the force, including in terms of........

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