ISLAMABAD: With respect to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s complaint, all the personnel of the Banigala police station, with the exception of the station house officer, were dismissed.
In this respect, two separate notices were issued from the office of the senior police superintendent. About a dozen assistants, three sub-inspectors and three assistant sub-inspectors, were dismissed (constables and head constable).
On condition of anonymity, a senior police officer told Dharti News that there were many allegations against police station workers that they were patronising land grabbers and drug smugglers, as well as minting money from vehicles carrying construction materials.
Newly named IGP Qazi Jamilur Rehman visited the prime minister a few days back. PM Khan had told the IGP that a truck driver had extorted money from the police station staff, the police official said, adding that the truck driver was identified and called to locate the police station staff.
The truck driver, however, made reasons that he may not be able to locate anyone who extorted money from him, the police official said, adding that the IGP issued orders the next day to expel the police station staff.
Banigala and three other police stations were designated Model Subdivision in Sept 2019, the officer said, adding that the decision was taken after the prime minister authorised the implementation of reforms at the police station level with assistant police superintendents to function for successful administration as a station house officer.
When approached, Mohammad Bilal, director of Media Islamabad Police SP, admitted that the Banigala Police Station workers had been fired because there were several allegations against them.
When asked about the IGP-Prime Minister conference, the SP said, “I have no knowledge of it; I’m going to get the details and reply.”
Before the filing of the paper, the SP had not responded.