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Tug of war: Centre, Punjab dispute over CCPO transfer escalatesOUS News

Tug of war: Centre, Punjab dispute over CCPO handover escalates. The conflict between the Center and the provincial government over the transfer of the Lahore Central City Police Officer (CCPO) has escalated as the chief minister of Punjab Chaudhry Pervez Elahi made it clear that no Punjab officer could be unlawfully discharged without the consent of the provincial government.

Elahi said this during a police conference at Darbar Hall, Civil Secretariat, on Wednesday, a day after CCPO of Lahore Ghulam Mehmood Dogar was asked to relinquish his charge by the federal government.

Sources said the PML-N government was annoyed by the filing of a case against its MP Javed Latif for which CCPO was held responsible. However, the CM asked the CCPO to continue working.

“The Punjab government can arrest the officers constitutionally and legally keeping the public interest in mind,” the CM said.

“We will improve living facilities for officers in the Government Officers Residence (GOR). The size of GOR Residences will be reduced and apartments will be built as many GOR Residences consist of eight channels. We will set up 150 police patrol posts and the special police force will have a special salary package in rural areas.

He said bunkers would be built in rural areas and the government would provide bullet-proof vehicles, bullet-proof vests and special trackers in police vehicles.

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Moreover, CM Elahi revealed that police officers with a law degree would be appointed as investigators because losing a case by the police due to poor investigation causes embarrassment. He said the government was providing new vehicles for the police. Three copies of FIRs for monitoring should be sent to the CM monitoring cell, DIG and relevant SSP, he added.

The Chief Minister further said that the government is considering setting up a force made up of retired army commandos for rural areas and aims to provide support and relief to police officers.

Elahi said the common man should enjoy speedy justice in police stations and said it was the duty of the police to redress the grievances of each claimant without discrimination. He pointed out that when the attitude of the common man changes towards the police, only then will the police culture change. He said the investigation process should be improved and made efficient so that the culprits do not escape punishment.

Elahi also paid tribute to police officers and other officials for maintaining law and order during Muharram. He said he personally oversees the law and order provisions on the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA). He appreciated the DPDs of Rahim Yar Khan and Rajanpur for taking action against the criminals.

Meanwhile, Punjab Home Minister Hashim Dogar said the proposal to give police and staff houses on soft terms would be reconsidered.

Inspector General of Police Faisal Shahkar praised the Chief Minister for solving the problems of the police officers. He assured that the police would spare no effort to protect people’s lives and property.

IGP South Punjab Extra said, “We are going to live up to CM’s trust.”

Former Federal Minister Moonis Elahi also attended the conference. Chief Secretary Abdullah Sumbal, CM Principal Secretary Muhammad Khan Bhatti, Inspector General of Police Faisal Shahkar, Additional Chief Secretary Home Asadullah Khan, other IGPs, DIGs, RPOs and CCPO Lahore attended the conference while all CCPOs and DPOs in Punjab attended via video link. The police presented their proposals for improving the situation of public order in the province.