DPO Pakpattan case: SC summons Punjab CM Buzdar, rejects IG’s report

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DPO Pakpattan case: SC summons Punjab CM Buzdar, rejects IG's report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday summoned Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar in a case pertaining to the transfer of former Pakpattan District Police Officer (DPO) Rizwan Gondal.

 

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a suo motu notice of the former DPO’s transfer following an alleged altercation with Khawar Maneka — the former husband of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wife.

 

Rejecting an inquiry report submitted by former Punjab IG Kaleem Imam, Justice Nisar summoned the Punjab chief minister, secretary establishment and Ahsan Iqbal Jamil, a close friend of the Maneka family, at 2pm today.

 

The chief justice also directed senior police officer Khalid Lak to inquire into the transfer of the former Pakpattan DPO. In his report submitted to the SC on September 12, the former Punjab IG stated that Punjab CM Buzdar’s intervention in the case was beyond the scope of the inquiry. The report did not hold anyone responsible for the transfer of Gondal.

 

In his report submitted to the SC on September 12, the former Punjab IG stated that Punjab CM Buzdar’s intervention in the case was beyond the scope of the inquiry. The report did not hold anyone responsible for the transfer of Gondal.

 

Expressing anger at the former Punjab IG, the chief justice said, “We had faith in you and that’s why we directed you to prepare an inquiry report into the incident but you did it with mala fide intentions. You will not be able to serve in the police if we recommend that.”

 

Justice Nisar continued, “We trusted you to inquire into the political intervention in the case but you broke our trust.”

 

“Tell us yourself, are you eligible to be an IG? In order to save one person, you destroyed the whole police force,” the chief justice added.

 

He further questioned the former Punjab IG, “Who is Jamil to seek clarification from the DPO? Did you not feel ashamed while writing the report?”

 

Directing Imam to take his police badge off, Justice Nisar said, “Former DPO Pakpattan was suspiciously transferred at 1am and you wrote in the report that nothing wrong happened.”

 

He further asked Imam, “What investigation did you conduct? The statements of the regional police officer and the DPO do not match. Why didn’t you stop the police officers from meeting the Punjab CM?”

 

In response, Imam said that when he found out about the incident he was in Islamabad. However, the chief justice remarked, “You were in Islamabad, not in another country.”

 

“The Punjab CM watched police officers get reprimanded in front of him. Call Buzdar,” he added.

 

Turning to Imam once again, the chief justice said, “We gave you a chance but you missed it. The court will decide whether you completed you work honestly or not.” He also asked the former Punjab IG to hire a counsel for his defence.

 

The hearing of the case was then adjourned till 2pm today.

 

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