Another policeman lands in hot water with his superiors over filming TikTok videos. An Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) officer Yasir Aftab garnered the wrong kind of attention with his TikTok antics.
Looks like law enforcement officials are intent on policing the social media profiles of servicemen. Director Inspector General (DIG) Security/Traffic Islamabad, Sarfaraz Falaki suspended the traffic policeman and launched an inquiry into the matter.
DIG Sarfaraz Falaki demanded that a report be presented, followed by a detailed investigation. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Traffic Islamabad Farrukh Rashid will conduct the inquiry.
It is alleged that the viral TikTok was made while Officer Yasir Aftab had been on duty on July 24th. The video seems to be filmed while in an official police vehicle. Perhaps that is what irked the higher ups.
Express News reported that Superintendent Police (SP) Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP), Khalid Rashid revealed that Yasir Aftab had been on leave but he has been summoned for the inquiry.
The Nation reported that a police spokesperson had indeed let slip that law enforcement agencies were indeed policing their employees’ social media.
According to the spokesperson, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police Chief, Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar Khan had ordered all the officers and officials of ICT Police to stay away from social media.
“Making TikTok videos is against the discipline.”
Reservations on the matter of policemen making TikTok videos are understandable. There are safety and security challenges involved in what they do. But in their off hours? That is a whole different debate altogether.
Civil security must remain vigilant while on duty. However, these restrictions shouldn’t apply to off-duty officers. Recently a lady police constable was dismissed when her TikTok videos went viral.
The police constable had revealed the videos were months old, from when she was still in training.