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Sindh IG, top officers defer leave for 10 days after COAS notice

Sindh IG, top officers defer leave for 10 days after COAS notice
October 21, 2020

KARACHI (92 News) - Sindh IG Mushtaq Mahar has deferred his own leave and ordered his officers to withdraw their leave applications for 10 days after Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa ordered an inquiry into what had happened with the chief of police in the early hours of Monday.

It is pertinent to mention here that the decision came hours after PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had met with the Sindh police chief at the IG House and asked him to retract his leave application and carry out his duty.

A statement issued from the Twitter account of Sindh Police said that all the officers, including Inspector General Mushtaq Mahar, have decided to defer their leave for ten days.

"In the wider national interest, IG Sindh has decided to defer his own leave and ordered other officers to set aside their leave applications for 10 days. The decision was taken in the larger national interest, pending the conclusion of the inquiry," the tweet said.

Sindh Police thanked COAS Bajwa for realising the sense of hurt that prevailed within the force, and for promptly ordering an inquiry into the matter. It also thanked Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah for showing solidarity with the police leadership.

A statement issued by the Karachi Police said that the incident which took place on the night between October 18 and 19 caused great heartache and resentment within all ranks of Sindh Police.

The statement said that as a result of the incident, IG Sindh and subsequently, all ranks decided to also go on leave in protest of the humiliation meted out to Sindh police.