AJK Government rejects posting of IGP:

On March 4, the Establishment Division issued a notification whereby Mr. Memon was posted as the AJK IGP.

The posting of the new IGP was made exactly two months after the assumption of the office of AJK chief secretary by Jalal Sikandar Sultan amid similar concerns, as his name did not figure in a three-member panel that AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed had sent to PM Nawaz Sharif for the slot.

However, the AJK government had endorsed Mr Sultan’s posting through a notification in its gazette. It was believed that Mr Memon’s posting might also be endorsed on Monday in the same way.

However, the government declined to accept him, maintaining that the Establishment Division notification was in violation of the “legal arrangement existing between both the governments under Karachi Agreement of 1949”.

“The said officer has directly been transferred and posted as AJK IGP, whereas he should have firstly been posted as Officer on Special Duty with subsequent placement of his services at the disposal of AJK government for formal appointment in our own gazette, as explicitly envisaged by clause viii of Karachi Agreement,” Mr Majeed has written to Mr Sharif in a letter, a copy of which was obtained by Dawn on Monday.

Mr Majeed drew PM Sharif’s attention to Cabinet Division instructions from May 11, 1971, whereby all ministries and divisions of the federal government were conveyed that although AJK was not a part of the federation of Pakistan, it would, for all practical purposes, be treated as a province and that AJK would be brought into the mainstream.

“These instructions unequivocally stipulate that for all administrative issues, the matters related to AJK have to be dealt in parity with other provinces… Since the posting of chief secretaries and IGPs etc. are made in consultation with the chief executive of the respective province, similar arrangements are required to be reciprocated for our state in line with the guideline laid down by the Cabinet Division,” Mr Majeed said.

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