LAHORE: In addition to allowing transfers and promotions of seven other police officers serving in BS-20, the Punjab government named a junior police officer as DIG Operations in Lahore.
Punjab Highway and Patrol Rawalpindi SSP Sajid Kyani has been moved to Lahore vice Ashfaq Ahmad Khan, who has been named Sargodha RPO against a current vacancy, and has posted new DIG Operations.
After the move of Afzaal Kausar who was posted to DIG Operations, the RPO slot had fallen vacant, Islamabad after the police chief of the federal capital submitted his requisition against the slot in question.
Mr. Kayani was said to be well-connected in the political elite of the Punjab and his placement as SSP against the BS-20 slot has raised many eyebrows. In January of this month, he was among the police officers who were advanced to the rank of DIG, but his notice had yet to be released.
An experienced police officer is required for the BS-20 slot, which deals with tactical matters and is heavily burdened with law and order assignments.
A few weeks after his elevation in the region, the official said the posting of the police officer of massive challenges where he had never worked was taken as a ‘adventure’ quite a mature step.
There are rumours that Ghulam Dogar, Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO), was not taken on board for the DIG posting.
Sajid Kyani was favoured by the Punjab government to BS-20’s seasoned police officers, leaving a question mark on the transfer/posting conditions against field posts.
Another curious part of this development is that, for the third time as DIG Activities, Ashfaq Ahmad Khan was prematurely moved from Lahore. In a summary transmitted to Chief Minister Usman Buzdar for final consideration, the IGP recommended the move and new posting of Ashfaq Ahmad Khan. On June 4, Mr Ashfaq was posted to DIG Operations for the second time, replacing Rai Babar Saeed.
Earlier, when he served as the city police officer of Faisalabad, he was granted the same assignment in May 2019. The nation, however, had prematurely moved him to DIG Operations Lahore within few months of his posting.
Multan RPO Waseem Sial has also been transferred by the government and posted as DIG Counter Terrorism Department Punjab against the role that had fallen vacant since the transfer of Mr Tahir Rai, who was made IGP Balochistan. According to the notification, additional charge of additional IG CTD Punjab was also allotted to Mr Sial.
Likewise, the Punjab Police DIG Headquarters of Syed Khurram Ali was moved and the new RPO Multan was released. For one and a half years, Mr. Khurram served as the DIG headquarters, and it was his second post as head of an area. He had worked as RPO Sargodha previously.
BS-20 police officer Shahzada Sultan, commander of the police training college in Lahore, has replaced him.
Ahmed Jamalur Rehman was posted as the new commander of the campus.
Punjab DIG Telecommunication Ahmad Arsalan Malik was transferred and posted to an existing vacancy by RPO Sahiwal vice Tariq Abbas Qureshi, who was transferred and posted to DIG Technical Procurement.