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Establishment Division opposes transfer of IG Police and DC Islamabad, asks ECP to review its decision

ISLAMABAD: The Secretary of the Establishment Division appeared before the Election Commission of Pakistan to address the case involving the removal of Adviser to the Prime Minister Ahad Cheema, as well as the Islamabad police chief and deputy commissioner from their respective roles.

A five-member bench, led by the chief election commissioner, convened to discuss the cases related to the ousting of these three officials from their positions.

During the session, it was disclosed that the notification for Ahad Cheema’s removal was issued on Monday night.

Inamullah, the Establishment Division Secretary, appealed to the commission for a reconsideration of the decision to remove the Islamabad Deputy Commissioner and Inspector General of Police. He highlighted that the Interior Ministry had presented a report from the Intelligence Bureau concerning terrorist incidents.

Furthermore, he mentioned the existence of a report detailing the law and order situation in Islamabad, providing additional context to the Election Commission.

The secretary emphasized that the Interior Ministry urged the ECP to reevaluate its stance on the removal of the two officers, advocating for their retention in their roles.

Additionally, he mentioned that the prime minister had sanctioned the replacement of both officers following the Election Commission’s direction, urging the ECP to reassess its decision.

In response, the chief election commissioner indicated that the commission would review the Interior Ministry’s report and requested the secretary to consider a panel for potential appointments to fill both positions.

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