KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani on Friday blasted Shikarpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Muhammad Rizwan Ahmed Khan for levelling accusations against him and his brother.
During a press conference in Karachi, Ghani termed Khan as a “third-class, third-rate man” and accused the SSP of protecting drug dealers. The press conference comes two days after a report, prepared by the SSP, emerged in which Rizwan had accused PPP lawmaker and Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh of patronising criminals and using them for political and financial gains.
Ghani demanded Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to initiate an inquiry against him and vowed to leave politics if any allegation against him was proven to be true.
The SSP’s report, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, came to light on January 16 in the backdrop of the Sindh government’s decision to replace the provincial police chief, IG Dr Kaleem Imam, citing “compelling reasons”.
SSP Rizwan’s report accuses Sheikh of using “his criminal wing against his political opponents and for creating his fear in society”, adding that “his men” also killed the son of a political opponent, Shah Nawaz Brohi.
According to the report, which is marked ‘secret’ and addressed to the deputy inspector general of the district, “Sheikh has un-satiable hunger of his control over police [and] constantly pressurises the SSP of the district for posting his loyal police personnel who then leak secret information to him.”
“Furthermore, Imtiaz Sheikh interferes in postings, transfers of police personnel on key posts, such as SHOs, and continuously exerts pressure on the undersigned for posting of police personnel for gaining their loyalty,” it adds.
As proof of his allegations, the SSP has also attached cellular record data of the energy minister, his secretary, son and others close to him, highlighting the number of times they have contacted “wanted” criminals, such as Atto Sheikh, who have dozens of cases registered against them.
“Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh MPA has a gang of criminals who reside in and sell drugs from Chingi Muqam in the jurisdiction of PS New Faugdari, district Shikarpur. Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh, his brother Maqbool Ahmed Sheikh and his son Faraz Ahmed Sheikh have private guards who are proclaimed offenders and recorded criminals,” the report states.