Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani on Friday lashed out at Shikarpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Muhammad Rizwan Ahmed Khan for levelling accusations against him and his brother and Imtiaz Sheikh and termed his report based on lies.
Addressing a press conference in Karachi, Ghani termed Khan as a “third-class, third-rate man” and accused the SSP of protecting drug dealers. The Sindh information minister was referring to an earlier report prepared by SSP Rizwan — when he was posted in Karachi — in which he had accused some politicians, including Ghani, of protecting criminals involved in drug-related crimes.
The press conference comes a day 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.
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”.
Ghani, in his press conference today, demanded Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to initiate an inquiry against him and vowed to not only leave politics and all the offices he occupied but also present himself for the “strictest punishment” if any allegation against him was proven to be true.
“I have worked very hard to earn respect in politics,” the PPP leader said. “A third-rate police officer like him (Rizwan) cannot be allowed to play with people’s reputation for his own personal and heinous purposes.”
Ghani said that some of his relatives were involved in drug-related crimes, but he had never supported them.