Punjab IG Faisal Shahkar steps aside over Shah Mahmood Qureshi's diatribe.

LAHORE -- Punjab police chief Faisal Shahkar refused to work with the current political setup in the province led by Chief Minister Parvez Elahi after PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi passed 'hateful and insulting' remarks against him at a rally.

Faisal Shahkar decided to part ways with the provincial government after an 'argument' with CM Elahi in a meeting on Saturday night.

An official privy to the development said Mr Shahkar took the opportunity to share his grievances with the CM over the 'frequent political interference' in the police department and the recent criticism of the PTI top leadership on the police.

Mr Shahkar said the provincial government was 'directly making postings across the province and contacting the RPOs and DPOs to get decisions of [its] choice'.

Decries 'frequent political interference'

According to the source, Faisal Shahkar conveyed to the CM that unwarranted criticism over the delay in the registration of FIR of the gun attack on PTI chief Imran Khan and subsequent 'hateful' remarks made by Mr Qureshi were 'unacceptable' to the police department.

While addressing IG Punjab in a loud tone at a rally in Lahore, Mr Qureshi said, 'IG Punjab, if you couldn't gather courage to get the FIR lodged through your DPO and SHO, then I curse (laanat) on your uniform'.

Later, the IG submitted a request to Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif to withdraw his services, the official said.

While talking to Dawn, the police chief said that the difference of opinion between the chief minister and the IG police on the...

To continue reading

Request your trial

VLEX uses login cookies to provide you with a better browsing experience. If you click on 'Accept' or continue browsing this site we consider that you accept our cookie policy. ACCEPT