LAHORE: Operating under the direction of Capital City Police Officer Umar Sheikh, as he showed the door to another one, SSP Investigation Abdul Ghaffar Qaisrani, over a ‘small question,’ seems to have become a ‘nightmare’ for police officers.
“During a meeting held late on Tuesday for an official matter, Mr Sheikh was upset and then suddenly “directed” Mr Qaisrani to leave the venue saying, “Your services are no longer appropriate for me.
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The CCPO’s order was so abrupt and unforeseen that a senior official told Dawn, the SSP inquiry and other senior police officers did not grasp the seriousness of the situation for a moment. However, he added, when the CCPO reiterated his order and Abdul Ghaffar Qaisrani obeyed the very next moment, the senior officers were left red-faced.
The SSP inquiry took the matter to the IGP’s attention and on Wednesday, did not join service.
The problem was the “arrest of PML-N workers in the aftermath of the PDM’s Dec 13 public meeting in Lahore, Minar-i-Pakistan,” he said. At the conference, both the operations and the investigative police were given a mission by the CCPO to apprehend the opposition party workers before the planned public meeting. Mr Qaisrani raised an objection to the plan and claimed that the operations wing was the prime responsibility of such arrests. He recommended that the CCPO encourage the inquiry wing to do its original job, and Mr Sheikh was annoyed by this dissenting note, contributing to the unhappy incident.
The official also related the matter to Mr. Qaisrani’s ‘action’ against two divisional inquiry wing SPs posted in Lahore. He said Mr. Qaisrani had recently given a letter of advice to these divisional SPs, demonstrating his discontent with certain discrepancies and deficiencies in the investigation of the cases they handled.
The official said that almost two months after his post as Lahore SSP Investigation, Mr. Qaisrani was shown the door. He was, ironically, the CCPO’s option.
Barely a week ago, after his differences with the CCPO, Lahore DIG Inquiry Shahzada Sultan was moved by the Punjab government.
Similarly, after heated arguments with him at a meeting on Oct 15, he gave up the services of Asim Iftikhar’s Crime Investigating Department.