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Govt removes Punjab IG Javed Saleemi in a surprise move

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By Our Special Correspondent

LAHORE: The Punjab government has transferred Inspector General of Punjab Police Amjad Javed Saleemi and replaced him with Inspector General Captain (retired) Arif Nawaz Khan on Monday. 

According to a notification issued by the Establishment Division Cabinet Secretariat, Mr Saleemi, a BS-22 officer of Police Service of Pakistan, presently serving as Provincial Police Officer (PPO), Government of Punjab has been transferred and directed to report to the Establishment Division with immediate effect and until further orders.

In another notification, Captain (retired) Arif Nawaz Khan, a BS-22 officer of Police Service of Pakistan, presently serving as Secretary Narcotics Control Division has been transferred and posted as Provincial Police Officer (PPO), Government of Punjab with immediate effect and until further orders.

The Buzdar-led government in Punjab has changed third provincial police commander in a span of seven-and-a-half months because of multiple factors.

Informed sources in the Punjab government told Daily The Business that the poor command and control over police force and ‘intentional’ lack of coordination with the complaints system of Pakistan Citizens Portal led to the transfer of Mr Saleemi.

The misreporting on a complaint to PCP lodged by a Lahore-based woman about abduction of her daughter got the Prime Minister’s Office annoyed over the IGP and his subordinates, sources said, adding the working of a task force constituted to coordinate between the PM Office and Chief Minister’s Secretariat came under severe criticism.

Sources claimed DIG Investigation Lahore Dr Inam Waheed was made ‘scapegoat’ and abruptly transferred over the same woman’s complaint on Sunday on the recommendation of the IG’s Office.

Sources claimed the provincial bureaucracy and the police department actually didn’t welcome the task force and took it as watchdog on their working.

The mishandling of Sahiwal shootings episode by the Punjab police and tampering with evidence also got Prime Minister Imran Khan annoyed, sources added.

A source in the Punjab police claimed that unconfirmed reports of bribes received from SPs, DSPs and Inspectors in their promotions and postings during Saleemi’s regime also came to the notice of the provincial government.

Another disadvantage the outgoing IGP to his side was lack of coordination among separate wings and field formations of the Punjab police that resulted in increase in crime graphs and absence of police reforms.

Meanwhile, the newly-appointed IG is considered a pragmatic police officer.

According to a handout issued from the Central Police Punjab, Arif Nawaz Khan was born in 1961 and got an allocation in Police Services of Pakistan as ASP in 1986.

He belongs to 14th common. He offered his services as ASP SDPO Lodhran, Pakpattan and Feroz Wala Sheikhupura. He was promoted to SP in 1992 and served as SP Gujranwala, Rajan Pur, Chakwal, Sargodha and also in KPK.

Mr Khan got promotion as SSP in 2000, DIG in 2009 and Additional IG in 2014. During this tenure, he served in Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Special Branch, VVIP Security, DIG Training Punjab, Baluchistan and also in central police on key posts.

He has also already served as IG Punjab and was replaced before 2018 General Elections. Captain (R) Arif Nawaz Khan was serving as Secretary Narcotics Control Division.

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