Islamabad (Staff Report): The Establishment Division on Wednesday asked the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to withdraw its notification suspending the transfer of Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tahir Khan.

“ECP's September 3 order is not a hindrance in the transfers and postings of police chiefs," the Establishment Division stated in a letter.

“The ECP had advised against transfers and postings in districts where by-polls are scheduled to be held, however, the Punjab IGP’s transfer was made in accordance with the law after consultation," it added.

On Tuesday, the ECP suspended the federal government’s decision to replace Punjab police chief Tahir Khan with Amjad Javed Saleemi. The Establishment Division had issued a notification to appoint Amjad Saleemi as the Punjab police chief.

Earlier, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Tahir Khan was removed as Punjab’s police chief for not obeying orders of the government.