You are currently viewing Karachi Incident: ISI, Rangers officials involved have been removed

Karachi Incident: ISI, Rangers officials involved have been removed

KARACHI: ISI and Pakistan Rangers personnel who were involved in Karachi Incident (kidnapping of IGP Sindh) have been removed pending further departmental proceedings. 

The court of inquiry constituted to redress the grievances of the IGP Singh on the orders of COAS has accused the officials of acting over-zealously under the mounting public pressure.

ISPR stated: “The court of inquiry has established that on the night of Oct 18/Oct 19, officers from Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) and ISI sector Headquarters Karachi were considerably seized with the fall out of the desecration of Mazar-e-Quaid.

“They were under increasing public pressure to ensure prompt action as per the law. Assessing the response of police authorities against this developing yet volatile situation to be slow and wanting, in a charged environment, the concerned officers decided to act, rather over-zealously.

“They were indeed experienced enough to have acted more prudently and could have avoided creating an unwarranted situation that led to the misunderstanding between the two state institutions.

“Based on the recommendations of the court of inquiry, it has been decided to remove the concerned officers from their current assignments for further departmental proceedings and disposal at GHQ.”

Earlier, PPP-P Media Cell took to the Twitter to inform that “Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa called the Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party @BBhuttoZardari over the telephone to discuss the Karachi incident this evening”.

The Chairman PPP had expressed his appreciation to the COAS for taking prompt notice of the Karachi incident and his assurance of conducting a transparent inquiry on the incident.

COAS Qamar Javed Bajwa had taken notice of and ordered an immediate inquiry into the Karachi Incident, the military’s media wing said on Tuesday.

COAS had instructed the Corps Cmdr. to immediately inquire into circumstances to determine the facts and report back ASAP. ISPR’s statement appeared, sans specifying the ‘Karachi Incident’, after Bilawal Bhutto’s Presser in which he called on the institutions to probe the matter of arrest of Capt. (R) Safdar.

It is pertinent to mention here that the top brass of Sindh Police (including the IGP) citing humiliation had opted to go on leave. Bilawal asked: “Who were the people who surrounded” the Sindh police chief’s house in the early hours of Monday and took him to an unspecified location before Safdar was arrested”?

Bilawal also asked who were the two people who went inside the IG’s house and where they took him at 4AM?Addressing a Presser Chairman PPP-P Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held whatever happened to Maryam Sharif and Capt. (R) Safdar was extremely shameful.

“I am ashamed and cannot show my face at how this happened in my province. How can such a politically weak case involving sloganeering at the Mazar-e-Quaid can stir up such a storm,” said Bilawal.

He said that not only PM Imran Khan and PTI workers had resorted to raising slogan at Quaid’s Mazar, even workers of banned outfits had done the same: “Did anyone even dare to register an FIR against them”, he pointed out.

Commenting on the pressure put on Police in order to arrest Capt. (R) Bilawal Bhutto said he wanted Police to function independently: “We don’t want political interference in our police but that also doesn’t mean we will tolerate interference from anywhere else.”

Bilawal Bhutto maintained: “Such important persons from these institutions should be focusing on the national security matters and law and order issues of the province…

“Our civilian institutions and these institutions have to work together…

“The way this entire incident has unfolded, I cannot tolerate this. We all want the country to move forward. The problems that Pakistan is facing today cannot be solved by one party.”

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, holding that precedent like ‘Karachi Incident’ could not be set, maintained that all institutions must work within their constitutional limits.

Chairman PPP-P asked  stakeholders to exercise restraint, adding that there should be some red lines that should not be crossed despite political issues. He further pointed out that a lot of red lines had been crossed in this incident.

“How will my police do its work if they are not accorded respect. Institutions are accountable, I ask them to hold their own investigation as well.

“We have been elected by the people of this province, they gave us a historic mandate. If our government goes, so be it. I stand with my police, their respect is mine and vice versa,” he promised not to compromise on the integrity of the Police force. | YouTube Channel | YouTube Channel


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.