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Usman Buzdar in hot waters in first few weeks as CM


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Usman Buzdar, the controversial CM Punjab appointment that had the political spectrum spilled over the PM’s decision, has recently landed himself under heavy critique for taking a private jet ride to the Capital with his family. Usman Buzdar, a previously unknown politician from DI Khan, South Punjab, was placed on the top seat by the Prime Minister Imran Khan in a move that surprised many across the media and political circles.

After heavy criticism and speculation over the social media, the Prime Minister sent out a video message in the Punjab Premier’s defense and said that the appointment was well thought out. He backed it with the rhetoric that CM Buzdar came from an underdeveloped area and that his hometown “didn’t even have electricity”, so he was best suited to understand the woes of the poor people. With the current private jet debacle, the Prime Minister’s cost-cutting campaign has come into sharp contrast.

Chief Minister Usman Buzdar that the police department had only fulfilled its duties and that he won’t apologize to Maneka. Shortly after, the officer was transferred and asked to report to Central Police Office (CPO) in Lahore.

Critics on the social media have even questioned the Chief Minister’s commitment to the poor people and their problems, as claimed by the Prime Minister. Mr. Buzdar had also faced immediate backlash after unconfirmed reports of him having paid blood money in an old murder case surfaced. Mr. Buzdar has also come under heavy fire for summoning a District Police Officer who had stopped Khawar Maneka, the previous husband of the first lady in a traffic violation, GVS reported earlier.

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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 first lady 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.

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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 Maneka. Shortly after, the officer was transferred and asked to report to Central Police Office (CPO) in Lahore. PM Imran Khan has taken the notice of the matter. He has directed the CM Punjab to submit a report on the issue.

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