The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday resumed the hearing of suo motu notice case pertaining to the transfer of Rizwan Gondal, the Pakpattan’s District Police Officer (DPO).
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case. Khawar Maneka, Ahsan Jamil Gojjar, Punjab Inspector General Kaleem Imam, former DPO Pakpattan, Punjab Chief Minister’s (CM) Personal Staff Officer (PSO)Haider and Chief Security Officer (CSO) have appeared before the apex court of the country.
As the proceedings initiated, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar inquired, “Where are Khawar Maneka and that property tycoon?”
He then began a conversation with Inspector General of Punjab and remarked, “Did you have the knowledge that DPO Pakpattan was called by the Cheif Minister of Punjab?”
“I came to know at the time when the DPO was on his way to Chief Minister’s office. I then warned him to seek permission from me in future prior leaving for CM’s office,” he replied.
“Why you did not barred him for going to CM’s office. You should have told the PSO that he cannot summon the DPO without bringing the matter into your knowledge. Where is the order of DPO’s transfer?” asked the Chief Justice of Pakistan.
“It was a verbal order,” told Punjab IG. “Where were you when the transfer was made at 1 am?” questioned the Cheif Justice of Pakistan. “In Islamabad,” came the answer.
“I had directed the entire Inspector Generals’ including you not to depend on the politicians. I have asked you to become free of all pressures. Did you ask the DPO about his meeting with Chief Minister?, ”said the Chief Justice.
“I received conflicting reports related to the incident. DPO Pakpattan was transferred on the basis of facts. He concealed the truth and misled the authorities,” claimed the IG.
“Why did you issue verbal orders of his transfer? Can’t you wait until morning? Show us the file in which the transfer orders were made,” directed the CJP.
“I have decided DPO’s transfer at 8pm,” told the IG.