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CJP takes notices of DPO Rizwan Gondal’s removal

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The Chief Justice of Pakistan has taken the notice of “Pakpattan incident” in which DPO Rizwan Gondal was transferred, according to a notification issued on Thursday. The top judge has issued notices to Inspector General of Punjab (IGP) Dr Syed Kaleem Imam, additional IGP, inquiry officer Abubakar Khuda Baksh, Sahiwal RPO and Gondal to appear in the Supreme Court on Friday [today] along with the inquiry report.

DPO Pakpattan Removed

The district police officer (DPO) of Pakpattan Mr.Rizwan Gondal has been immediately transferred and made Officer on Special Duty (OSD) for allegedly stopping Khawar Maneka, ex-husband of Bushra Maneka. On August 23, it was reported that a police team led by DPO Rizwan Omar Gondal briefly intercepted Khawar’s car after he didn’t stop when signaled by the police to do so. Khawar was also believed to have misbehaved with the officials.

Imran Khan has said in his first speech after winning the elections that nobody is above the law and his government will ensure that every citizen is treated equally before the law. This is a test-case for the PTI government.

The officer was later directed to visit Maneka Dera, Khawar’s residence, and tender an apology to him for intercepting the vehicle. According to media reports, the DPO told a meeting called by Chief Minister Usman Buzdar that the police department had only fulfilled its duties and that he won’t apologize to Khawar. Shortly after, the officer was transferred and asked to report to Central Police Office (CPO) in Lahore.

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IGP Punjab Refutes officer’s Claims

Meanwhile, spokesperson of the Punjab police denied the transfer of DPO due to any pressure. He said that inspector-general of police (IGP) Kaleem Imam transferred the officer for falsely narrating the incident to higher authorities. He further said that the DPO repeatedly misreported the misbehaving of police with citizens.

Social Media Protests

Social media has reacted to the development where people have slammed the PTI for diverting its promised idea of change and development. The PTI had promised to de-politicize the police but the transfer of a DPO for not bowing down before a powerful family has raised many questions over the performance of the government.

Arshad Sharif, a journalist, said “DPO #PakPattan Rizwan Gondal transferred after local police reportedly stopped Khawar Maneka, former husband of the First Lady, at a Checkpost. Inquiry being held by #PunjabPolice to ascertain facts. A story with much more details and interesting versions…..”

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Another investigative journalist Rauf Kalsra also tweeted and said “I have checked facts from multiple authentic sources and all have confirmed as how mighty Manika family got DPO insulted, humiliated and removed by CM Buzdar. @AmirMateen2 may share more shocking information tonight in show on same issue @Muqabil92 @92newschannel 10.03pm”

ANP’s Bushra Gohar also slammed the Punjab government. “Kudos to DPO #Pakpattan #RizwanGondal for not giving in to political pressures. Shame on #GayaPunjab Govt for taking action against the police officer for doing his job. Must reverse the #Sharamnak orders & stop political interference,” she wrote.

Mr. Khalid Farooq, former IGP Punjab, termed the incident “deplorable”. “Making DPO Pakpattan OSD by Punjab govt on refusal to visit dera of Khawar maneka for apology on being checked at Police check post is deplorable. This order goes against declared vision of IK for depoliticisation & autonomy for police. Hope he takes notice. Police off.agitated,” he said.

Senior journalist Kamran Khan was shocked to see the performance of the PTI-led government.’ What the hell is this going on, The district police officer of Pakpattan transferred after he intercepted Khawar Maneka, former husband of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wife, for speeding.AND CM BUZDAR enjoying GOP jet to entertain family وہ انتظار تھا جسکا یہ وہ سحر تو نہیں’ he said.

Imran Khan has said in his first speech after winning the elections that nobody is above the law and his government will ensure that every citizen is treated equally before the law. This is a test-case for the PTI government. It will determine if the government will keep on following the traditions of Nawaz and Zardari families or change it to ensure the rule of law by taking action against those patronizing the elite.


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