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Monday, April 14, 2008

Controversial officer named Sindh police chief Monday, April 14, 2008-->Web posted at: 4/14/2008 4:27:5Source ::: Internews
ISLAMABAD • The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government in Sindh has picked up brave and reputed but controversial Dr Shoaib Suddle as the new inspector-general (IG) of Sindh Police, a decision that may rock its ongoing reconciliatory moves towards the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). But it clearly conveys a bold message to all and sundry that politics and terrorism would be dealt with separately as far as the province is concerned.
In what is seen as a related development, the government has appointed Tariq Lodhi as new director general of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), who too had served in Karachi and other parts of Sindh during the mid-1990s.
The appointment of Dr Suddle, who while being the Karachi deputy-inspector general (DIG) of police had led the police operation in Karachi during Benazir Bhutto’s second tenure, clearly shows PPP Co-chairman Asif Zardari’s intention that he means business as far as the law and order situation in Karachi is concerned.
The federal government has formally notified Suddle’s appointment besides promoting him to Grade 22. Sources said Zardari, after being extremely disturbed by the April 9 massacre of 14 innocent people in Karachi, decided to bet on Suddle, who knows Karachi in and out. He was the DIG Karachi from June 1995 till November 1996 when the Benazir Bhutto government was removed.
Having his PhD in White Collar Criminology from the University of Wales, Cardiff, Suddle is such a go-getter that he had reduced the monthly killings of 350 in June 1995 to nil in January 1996. Currently, National Police Bureau Director General Shoaib Suddle, who is reputed as an upright and non-compromising police officer, was also implicated in the killing of Benazir Bhutto’s brother, Mir Murtaza Bhutto, in September 1996.
A team of three senior police officers in 1997 had exonerated Suddle from what they concluded was a “bogus” murder case. He was still implicated as one of the conspirators of Murtaza murder case. Interestingly, the conspiracy has been rejected and the main accused Asif Zardari has recently been acquitted but Suddle is yet to be cleared in the case.
He was generally appreciated for cleansing Karachi in 1995-96 while operating under the-then interior minister Naseerullah Babar but the MQM had accused the two of being involved in what the party believes “extra-judicial” killings of its workers.

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