By: Naimat Khan
KARACHI: The Sindh Government has requested services of a police officer, who is not only one among those being appointed on ‘political recommendations’ but was also found guilty of turning blind eye to his son terrorist activities.
The Sindh Government has taken this initiative at a time when the terrorists are striking in different parts of the country with intervals amid countrywide operation under the national action plan underway.
At least seventy people were killed on Sunday evening when terrorists attacked Gulshan Iqbal Park in Lahore.
A letter from the office of Chief Secretary Sindh to secretary establishment division government of Pakistan, Islamabad, written on March 21, 2016 reads; “the Government of Sindh requires the services of Mr. Ali Sher Jakhrani, an officer of police service of Pakistan (BS-18), presently serving in government of Gilgiat Baltistan”.
“It’s therefore, requested that services of Mr. Ali Sher Jakhrani, an officer of police service of Pakistan (BS-18), may be placed at the disposal of Government of Sindh at an early date.”
According to an official list of political appointments in police services, a copy of which is available to The Frontier Post, Ali Sher Jakhrani – who hails from Jacobabad in Sindh – was appointed on the recommendations from secretary to Sindh Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on 90s.
Jakhrani is one of the 21 police officers who had been inducted to police on political basis, a report said.
“Jakhrani is not only in the list of 21 officers who were appointed as DSPs in Sindh Police in NBS-17 due to their affiliations with political leaders, but he was also found guilty of turning blind eye towards his son’s terrorists activities,” a source in Sindh Police told this scribe on the condition of anonymity.
After a terrorist attack on a navy dockyard in Karachi in September 2014, there were reports that a perpetrator who was killed in the shootout was a former navy sailor and the son of Ali Sher Jakhrani.
Owais, Ali Sher Jakhrani’s son, was dismissed from the navy for his ‘religious views and undisciplined conduct’, according to reports. Sources told this scribe earlier that Owais Jakhrani had remained in contact with his cop father from Afghanistan, where he had gone for militant training.
Later, forensic reports also confirmed that Owais had used his father’s service weapons during the terrorist attack on Navy installation.
With this not so ‘bright’ background, Ali Sher Jakhrani, had been in limelight during the Karachi Law and Order Case, in which he was representing Sindh Police as Assistant Inspector General Police, Legal.
On one occasion when the matter of Abbas Town Carnage was taken up, the then Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry appointed the then DIG south and incumbent Director FIA, Shahid Hayat Khan, as inquiry head of the carnage on the recommendation of Jakhrani.
After the issue of his son’s involvement in major terrorist attack came to fore, he was silently removed of the post and later transferred to Gilgit Baltistan, sources said. Some elements in the Sindh Government, who are close to Jakhrani, want to get him appointed back on important post in Sindh Government.
An officer on the condition of not to be named told this scribe, that despite his political affiliation and criminal negligence or deliberately ignoring his terrorists son, Jakhrani had rendered his services as additional IG with honesty and may be the reason for demand for him to rejoin Sindh police.
Published in The Frontier Post