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Inam Ghani replaces Shoaib Dastgir as IG Punjab

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LAHORE (ANN NEWS) – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has appointed Inam Ghani as Punjab s sixth IG in last two years. A notification has been issued in this regard.

Federal government had transferred Inspector General (IG) Punjab Shoaib Dastgir after he expressed reservations over appointment of Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore Umair Shaikh, sources told.

After the approval of Prime Minister Imran Khan, federal government had decided to change the IG Punjab and PM had asked names for the new IG Punjab.

According to sources names of Arif Nawaz, Allah Dino Khawaja, Kaleem Imam, Rao Sardar, Amir Zulfiqar, Mohsin Butt were under consideration for the post of IG Punjab.

According to details, IG Punjab did not come to office for second day and schedule of his meeting was also not announced. Sources have claimed that differences between IG and the CCPO remain unresolved even after a meeting with Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar.

It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) govenrment has changed five IGPs in two years. 

Kaleem Imam remained IG Punjab for only 3 months, from June 13 to September 11, 2018. Muhammad Tahir remained in the post of IG Punjab for only one month from September 11, 2018 to October 15, 2018.

Amjad Javed Saleemi remained IG Punjab for 6 months, from 15th October to 17th April 2019, Capt (retd) Arif Nawaz Khan remained in the post of IG for 7 months, from 17th April to 28th November 2019 Shoaib Dastgir was appointed IG Punjab on November 28, 2019.

Earlier, federal and Punjab government decided not to transfer Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore. According to official of Centre, the appointment of CCPO was made after due consideration and government cannot take decisions against law and merit.

On the other hand, PSP Punjab chapter convened an important meeting in IG office to discuss standoff between the two police officials and convey their reservations to the government.

Police officers also barred CCPO Lahore Umair Shaikh from the meeting and attendants decided to not allow CCPO in any meetings until he is punished. Attendants also vowed to not obey orders of Umair Shaikh if he refuses to obey orders of IG Punjab.

Inam Ghani s Profile

The new Inspector General (IG) of Punjab Police, Inam Ghani, is considered as one of the most professional, seasoned and experienced police officers of the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP).

The Federal government has issued a notification appointing Inam Ghani, a grade-21 officer of PSP currently serving as Additional IG South Punjab, to the post of Inspector General of Punjab Police. He replaces outgoing IG Shoaib Dastgir, a grade-22 officer of PSP.

Inam Ghani hails from Malakand district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and has previously held the posts of Additional IG Operations Punjab and CPO.

Ghani belongs to 17th Common of Police Service of Pakistan and joined service in 1989 as an ASP. Early in his career, Inam Ghani served at the CSA and the National Police Academy, Islamabad.

He has held the posts of ASP People’s Colony Faisalabad, ASP City Faisalabad, ASP Nawankot and Lahore. Inam Ghani also served as SSP Operations Peshawar, SP Headquarters Islamabad and SSP Security Islamabad.

Moreover, he has also held the posts of DPO Haripur, DPO Karak, DPO Swabi, DPO Mansehra and DPO Charsadda. The new IG has also held key positions in the FIA and IB.

Lastly, he has also served in UN Mission Mozambique, as Officer on Special Duty in the USA and Embassy of Pakistan in Kuwait. Inam Ghani is said to be one of the most professional and experienced officers of the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP).

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