The Balochistan govt had been requesting the federal government time and again that it was facing shortage of experienced and competent police officers and badly needed to improve the deteriorating law and order situation of the province.
According to well-placed sources in the federal government, the Establishment Division succumbing to the pressure of provincial governments of Punjab and KP has now formed separate new lists, different from the one submitted before the Supreme Court, and most of the politically backed officers of Police Service of Pakistan (PSPs) have been excluded from these that were earlier transferred to Balochistan The separate lists, each for Punjab and KP, contain most of those being transferred to Balochistan as a punishment ignoring the request of the Balochistan.
A PSP officer on the condition of anonymity said that how would these efficacies perform well as many of them had been removed previously from their position in the provinces other than Balochistan either due to bad performance, negligence or they have not enjoyed good field postings in their entire carrier. At the same time, the federal government is not following its already formed policy that only those PSPs would be deputed in Balochistan who have not performed their duties hard areas earlier.
Interestingly, former DIG Bannu, Muhammad Iftikhar Khan, and former DPO Bannu, Gul Said Afridi, who were recently removed from their posts as a punishment after militants’ attack on central prison of Bannu, have also been transferred to Balochistan as a punishment.
Some PSP officers are considering it a pride for national integration to join the Balochistan police but ‘the pick and chose policy’ of the federal as well as provincial governments had disappointed them much more.
The Establishment Division, some days ago had submitted a list of police officers before the Supreme Court requesting that provincials governments were not ready to relieve these officers for Balochistan posting. The issue was raised some days ago when Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry hearing a case on the bad law and order situation of Balochistan in Quetta. The apex court had ordered the joint secretary Establishment Division to get the transfer orders implemented and stop the salaries of these officers if they were not following such transfer orders.
A source in the Establishment Division (ED) informed that initially Establishment Division denied the Punjab government’s request to change the original list containing 10 officers transferred from Punjab to Balochistan. However, due to reasons unknown, the Establishment Division issued a new list consisting of the names of seven new officers from Punjab and then again another officer’s name was dropped in the second list to be included the name of another one.
Similarly, the ED on the request of Chief Secretary Balochistan and Inspector General of Police KP also made changes in the list of eight officers who were transferred from KP to Balochistan. The names of DIG Special Branch Ashraf Noor, DIG Human Rights Fasihuddin, former DIG Bannu and presently officer on special duty (OSD) Mohamamd Iftikhar Khan and former district police officer Bannu, Gul Said Afridi included in the new list. The ED also cancelled the transfer orders of five police officers out of the eight to Balochistan. They included DIG police Bannu Nisar Khan Tanoli, DIG Kohat Imtiaz Shah, DIG Dera Ismail Khan Qazi Jamilur Rahman, DIG Mohammad Jafar and SSP Operations Peshawar Tahir Ayub.
Some of these officers, transferred to Balochistan, are under inquiry and the rules say that an under inquiry officer could not be transferred to other province, a senior police officer insisted on the condition of anonymity.