ISLAMABAD - Director General Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Muhammad Amlish is optimistic to keep his job despite tension with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, The Nation has learnt reliably.

Sources told this paper that the DG had expressed confidence to retain his seat after a social media group of Police Services of Pakistan shared a news item regarding his removal the other day.

Amlish quickly responded to rumours and said: “I am very much in office.” One of the reasons, Amlish was so confident is that he has the blessing of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, sources added. The officials of Establishment Division also confirmed that it did not receive any summary by Interior Division or instructions from Prime Minister’s office to sack DG FIA so far. 

They said it was practice that any division moves a summary to the Establishment Division for the appointment and removal of any officer or PM’s office directly orders the division to issue transfers and postings notifications.

Tension between Interior Minister and DG FIA flared up during a meeting over leaking the information about identified flaws in revamping plan of FIA to media. Amlish lost his temper and said: “I have lost your confidence, therefore, I am ready to step down.”  

Muhammad Amlish belongs to Police Service of Pakistan and had served in Balochistan as Inspector General of Police and also remained at key positions in Punjab. He was recently appointed as DG FIA by the federal government with the task to modernise the institution.

Amlish was the inquiry officer in case of former SSP Islamabad on charge of disobeying the government orders during Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek anti-government sit-ins in Red Zone, Islamabad.

Inquiry Officer sent a detailed charge sheet with the recommendation of removal of Nekokara from the post. Amlish also summoned the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Islamabad in case of Nekokara and both officers spoke in favour of former SSP but he did not consider their statements.

On the basis of Amlish‘s inquiry report, the federal government issued the notification of removal of Nekokara from services and the PM also rejected former SSP’s appeal and now he is fighting his case in the Federal Services Tribunal. 

Sources in Punjab police said the Punjab government tried to appoint Amlish as new IG Punjab after his transfer from post of IG Balochistan but the provincial police officers conveyed the government that they would not work in Amlish’s supervision. The police officers met several times over the dismissal of Nekokara and pressurised IGP Punjab Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera to take up the issue with the government.