Sindh government has on Saturday removed Iftikhar Shallwani as the administrator and commissioner of Karachi in a major reshuffle at the top municipal posts in the city.
According to a notification, Laeeq Ahmed was appointed as the new administrator of Karachi, replacing Iftikhar Shallwani.
However, Navid Ahmed Shaikh has replaced him as commissioner Karachi, the notification read.
Earlier on December 8, a petition against Karachi Administrator Iftikhar Shallwani was filed in the Sindh High Court for holding two government posts at one time.
The court has issued a notice to the chief secretary of Sindh, the Sindh government and others named in the petition.
Petitioner Mehmood Akhter Naqvi pointed out that the appointment of Shallwani as the city’s commissioner violates the Supreme Court’s orders regarding deputation on posting and additional charges given to officers.
He said that the administrator is heading both the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and is the commissioner of the Board of Revenue as well.
On this, Justice Nadeem Akhter questioned why an additional charge was given to Shallwani. “Do we not have other talented officers in the province?”
Moreover, Iftikhar Shallwani has served as the Karachi commissioner for almost two years. He appointed as the first administrator of Karachi three months back after the elected municipal representatives completed their four-year tenure.