Sindh Govt in Pakistan in tussle with Police

The provincial government will be introducing the Sindh Police Act, 2017 to replace the Police Act, 1861, Sindh Law Minister Ziaul Hasan Lanjar said . The new law will be developed along the lines of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police Ordinance, 2016, the minister claimed.

   Under the proposed law, the chief minister — instead of the inspector general of police (IG) — will be the head of a new Sindh Police Authority. The home minister will be his deputy, while the IG Sindh, the home secretary and the provincial advocate general will be "members" of the authority, the minister added.

   Lanjar told reporters on Thursday that the Sindh government had decided to introduce the Police Act, 2017 because the prevailing Police Act of 1861 as well as the Police Act of 2002 were both "flawed".

 Lanjar rejected the impression that the provincial government is amending laws to remove the incumbent IG, A.D. Khawaja, and to limit his powers. He claimed that the government is sincere about ushering in large-scale reforms in the department.

"We want to introduce the act to benefit the masses," Lanjar insisted.
View Point

The relations between Sindh’s rulers and its police chief have been historically strained. The reason for this is Autocratic functioning of police and their failure to control Unrest which is of late spreading very fast for a separate Sindh from Pakistan. In Pakistan police is not under state control. This is the latest move by politicians to reign in its errant police.


Hundreds of activists of the Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM), a banned Sindhi organisation in Pak, recently participated in a march in Hyderabad to demand independence for Sindh province and the release of Sindhi political activists abducted and enforced disappeared by the Pakistani Army and its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) wing. The massive rally commenced from Sindh University (Old Campus) and ended at the District Press Club, Hyderabad.

Protestors carried banners and placards that demanded total independence for Sindh and urged the United Nations, international community and human rights organisations to take immediate notice of what they called Pakistani occupation of the province, and acts of Fascism, state torture, atrocities, besides exploitation of the region’s rich natural resources.