Waseem Ahmed appointed FIA DG
By Faraz Khan
KARACHI: Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Waseem Ahmed has been appointed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General (DG), according to a notification issued by the federal interior ministry on Thursday.
Meanwhile, FIA Director General Zafarullah Khan has been appointed as the National Counter-Terrorism Authority chairman.
Ahmed took charge as the CCPO Karachi in June 2008, after Sultan Salahuddin Babar Khattak was posted as the Sindh inspector general of police.
The decision to appoint Ahmed as FIA chief was under consideration since the last year and a summary was also moved in this regard but due to some reasons, his transfer and posting to the FIA was delayed.
Daily Times had also published a story on February 4, 2009 about the expected posting of the CCPO as the new FIA chief.
Following the Karachi CCPO’s transfer, the provincial government is considering appointing officials from the same lobby as his replacement and Crime Investigation Department addition inspector general Saud Ahmed Mirza’s name was on top of the officials, whose names are being considered for the post.
Other senior officials including Fayyaz Laghari, Mir Zubair Mehmood, Iqbal Mehmood, Mushtaq Shah, Zafar Farooqui and Wajid Durrani were also under consideration for the post.
A high-level source in the Chief Minister’s House told Daily Times that the final decision on the CCPO Karachi has not been made due to the Eid holidays.
“Wasim Ahmed will assume charge as FIA chief after Eid vacations,” the source said, “We need a competent officer for Karachi keeping in mind that there is a collation government,” he added.
During the tenure of Wasim Ahmed as Karachi CCPO, the city faced a spate of targeted killings in which thousands of people were killed as well as major incidents of terrorism. Following the rising crime and terrorism in the city, numerous parties had already demanded his removal from the post.