Inspector-General (IG) Punjab Police, Shoaib Dastagir, has reportedly developed severe differences with Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore, Umar Shaikh, and has refused to perform duties in his presence.
According to sources, IG Punjab has serious reservations over the appointment of Umar Shaikh as CCPO. He has also conveyed his position on the matter to Prime Minister Imran Khan in a recent meeting.
The two officials have an old rivalry. The matter escalated after CCPO Umar Shaikh hurled a taunt at IG Punjab in a meeting with senior police officials.
“Go and tell IG Punjab that I have become the CCPO,” were Umar Shaikh’s words during the meeting. He also reportedly asked Lahore Police officials not to implement IG’s orders.
Umar Shaikh’s appointment came as a result of a major overhaul in Punjab Police last week when 20 top Police officers were reshuffled across the province.
Under the new arrangement, Umar Salamat has replaced Tauseef Haider as DPO Gujrat, whereas Haider has taken charge of AIG Inquiries. Similarly, DPO Khushaab, Rana Shoaib Mehmood, has been promoted to SSP Operations Rawalpindi.
DPO Chiniot, Husnain Haider, is now posted as DPO Hafizabad, and his predecessor, Bilal Iftikhar, has taken charge as SP Security Lahore. SSP Operations, Faisalabad Ali Raza, is deputed as DPO Mandi Bahauddin, and SSP RIB Najeeb ur Rehman is the new DPO Pakpattan.
Similarly, DPO Pakpattan, Sahibzada Bilal, has been posted as SSP Headquarters Farooqabad, SP Police Training Schools, Abdul Wahab, as SP Investigation Punjab, while Naseebullah Khan will now serve as SSP Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD).