AD Khawaja in his reply to the court said, “I can’t continue working. I am not being allowed to do my job. Since the past six months, it has become very difficult for me to work.”
In the hearing the SHC division bench, headed by Justice Munib Akhtar, put off the matter till May 16 after the plaintiff lawyer, Faisal Siddiqui, completed his arguments to keep Khawaja as the IG of police force in the province. Siddiqui said 13 police chiefs were posted and subsequently transferred in the province within a short span of time by the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government. This practice of the government should be investigated through a commission, he contended.
Zameer Ghumro replied to provincial government through its advocate-general that the respondent had cited upholding of the seniority during the appointment of the police chief but itself had never maintained the same previously. He said that the provincial government had tried to replace Khawaja with a grade-21 officer, Sardar Abdul Majeed Dasti. Technically, Dasti was junior to another similar scale officer, Ghulam Qadir Thebo, who currently serves as the Anti-Corruption Establishment chairperson, the lawyer remarked.
He said the IGs were mostly posted in the province on the basis of own pay scale and not on the basis of seniority. Interestingly, the provincial government has referred the matter of merit but only in this case, he added.