Punjab CM summoned in Pakpattan DPO transfer case


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday summoned Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar to explain his position in a case pertaining to the alleged political meddling in the transfer of former Pakpattan district police officer Rizwan Umar Gondal. 

Headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, a bench of the apex court summoned the chief minister at 2pm today.

Ahsan Jameel Gujjar, the first lady’s friend’s husband, and the secretary establishment division have also been directed to appear in person in the court.

CJP Nisar warned that he would dismiss a probe report, terming it bogus and mala fide.

Earlier, former Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Syed Kaleem Imam submitted the report to the apex court.

The 27-page report contains statements of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Ahsan Jameel Iqbal Gujjar, CM’s personal staff officer (PSO) Umar, chief security officer (CSO) Haider Ali, Khawar Maneka, his son, daughter and police officers.

The chief justice had taken suo motu notice of the controversy involving alleged transfer of DPO Gondal by the Punjab CM on the complaint of Maneka.

At the previous hearing, the bench had directed the IG to probe the entire affair keeping in view its every aspect and submit a report within a week.

It instructed the provincial police chief to look into the aspect of alleged political interference in the transfer of former Pakpattan DPO and take into account alleged role of the chief minister, his chief security officer and Ahsan Jameel Gujjar as well as the statement of the DPO.

The chief justice observed that an unauthorised person intervened in police matters and ordered that action be taken against those found guilty in the controversy.