Pun­jab CM did not in­flu­ence Pak­pat­tan DPO’s trans­fer: IG Pun­jab’s re­port

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Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Us­man Buz­dar was only act­ing as a me­di­a­tor and did not at­tempt to in­flu­ence the po­lice amidst the Pak­pat­tan con­tro­versy that even­tu­ally led to the trans­fer of District Po­lice Of­fi­cer (DPO) Rizwan Gon­dal, for­mer Pun­jab In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP) Syed Kaleem Imam told the Supreme Court in his in­quiry re­port on Wed­nes­day. The re­port, sub­mit­ted in the apex court to­day, stated that the chief min­is­ter had in­deed sum­moned the po­lice of­fi­cials con­cerned with­out in­form­ing the IGP, but pro­ceeded to act “only as an el­der” to me­di­ate be­tween the par­ties in con­flict. The CM was very hos­pitable to­wards the po­lice of­fi­cers and dur­ing the meet­ing, which he “hosted”, the re­port states, the po­lice­men were not ha­rassed or pres­surised in any way. I mam, in his re­port, fur­ther ob­served that the Pun­jab CM nei­ther is­sued any writ­ten orders or gave any di­rec­tives per­tain­ing to the DPO’s trans­fer. In­stead, the re­port said, Buz­dar had told the RPO to set­tle the is­sue him­self, which “makes it clear that there was no in­ter­fer­ence in polic­ing mat­ters”. How­ever, the re­port noted that DPO Gon­dal had felt that he was be­ing “in­ter­ro­gated by a stranger” in the pres­ence of the RPO and the CM dur­ing the meet­ing. While DPO Gon­dal was dis­pleased at be­ing called to the CM’s of­fice, the re­port says, he had not com­plained of be­ing ha­rassed or pres­surised in the meet­ing. The re­port rec­om­mended that, in the fu­ture, Pun­jab CM go through the pro­vin­cial IGP to sum­mon any po­lice of­fi­cials in­stead of do­ing so di­rectly.

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