Revised rotation policy: 50 police officers serving in Punjab for over 10 years

Updated 22 Sep 2020


Initially, a list of 10 DIGs was sent to  the Punjab government through Services & General Administration  Department (S&GAD), which was later upward revised to 24 officers  after correcting some “errors”. — Punjab Police FB page/File
Initially, a list of 10 DIGs was sent to the Punjab government through Services & General Administration Department (S&GAD), which was later upward revised to 24 officers after correcting some “errors”. — Punjab Police FB page/File

LAHORE: Following the newly-devised rotation policy introduced by the federal government, the provincial police department has prepared a list of its 50 senior officers who have served consecutively for more than 10 years in Punjab.

The list was prepared in order to surrender the services of these officers to the establishment division, Islamabad, for their new postings in federal capital or other provinces.

Of them, 24 police officers were in the rank of deputy inspector general (DIG in BS-20), 14 senior superintendents of police (SSPs in BS-19) and 12 superintendents (SPs in BS-18).

The Punjab government had sought from the provincial police chief the names of the officers falling under the new rotation police to forward the same to the establishment division.

Initially, a list of 10 DIGs was sent to the Punjab government through Services & General Administration Department (S&GAD), which was later upward revised to 24 officers after correcting some “errors”.

The list included some prominent officers who had served on key postings largely during the tenure of the Pakistan Muslim League (N).

Former capital city police officer (CCPO), presently posted as Punjab additional IG Operations Zulfiqar Hameed was the only one among the 10 officers on the first list, who served for more than 20 years in the province against various important positions.

Interestingly, under an amendment in the new rotation policy the “service” of the police officers who had been working in any federal government institution but remained posted in the territory of Punjab, would be considered working in the province, instead of the federal government.

Consequently, more names were added to the revised list, an official privy to the information told Dawn.

However, he said, some police officers affected by the new policy objected to the criterion saying their names had been included in the list despite serving out of the province.

Punjab Inspector General of Police Inam Ghani, when contacted, said the establishment division was the custodian of all the postings record.

“They (establishment div) have all the data about all officers and have the powers and authority implement the rotation policy.”

However, another officer said that following the objections raised by some police officers, the Central Police Office (CPO) sought details of the posting period of those who served in the federal institutions, but remained posted in Punjab.

To a question, he said the Punjab government had sought the list of the police officers from the CPO which would soon be sent to the chief minister for final consideration.

As per the revised list of the DIGs (BS-20), who served for more than 10 years in Punjab consecutively, newly posted head of the Special Protection Unit, Bilal Sidique Kamyana, was at the top by serving in Punjab at various positions for 25 year, two month and 25 days, followed by Sahiwal Regional Police Officer (RPO) Tariq Abbas Qureshi who remained posted in the province for 22 years, two month and 20 days, former DIG legal Punjab Jawad Dogar (he has recently been surrendered to Islamabad) 21 year, nine month and 24 days, former Lahore CCPO, presently posted additional IG Operations Punjab Zufliqar Hameed 20 years, 20 months and 26 days, Punjab special branch additional IG Zaeem Iqbal Sheikh, 17 years, nine month and 17 days; Rawalpindi City Police Officer Ahsan Younas, 17 years, two months and 20 days; former Lahore Investigation DIG Inam Waheed (who is on 90-day earned leave) 16 years, 10 months, 13 days; Punjab Operations DIG Sohail Akhtar, 16 years, seven months, 21 days; former Rawalpindi RPO Zubair Drashek, 16 years, five months, seven days; Punjab Welfare DIG Shariq Kamal Siddique, 16 years, three months, 15 days; awaiting posting Shaukat Abbas, 15 year, seven months, 10 days; Multan CPO Hassan Raza Khan, 14 years, 10 months, 21 days; Multan Police Training College Commandant Gohar Mushtaq Bhutta, 14 years, nine months, nine days; Rawalpindi RPO Imran Ahmar, 14 years, nine month, six days; Faisalabad CPO Sohail Chaudhry, 14 years, six months, 22 days; Punjab Technical Procurement DIG Ghulam Mahmood Dogar, 13 years, 10 months 27 days; Gujranwala CPO Rai Babar Saeed, 12 year, three days; Syed Khurram Ali, 12 year, three months, 16 days; Sargodha RPO Afzaal Ahmad Kausar, 12 year, two months five days; Punjab Highway Patrol DIG Humayun Bashir Tarar, 11 year, seven month, five days; Information Technology DIG Waqas Nazeer, 11 year, eight month, 27 days and Sheikhupura RPO Shahid Javed, 11 year, six month, 27 days.

As per the revised list of SSPs (BS-19), Punjab special branch SSP (Lahore region) Jehanzeb Nazir Khan is at the top, who served in Punjab for 15 years, nine months and six days; Rawalpindi special branch SSP Khurram Shahzad Haider, 13 years, two months, 31 days, Punjab procurement assistant inspector general (AIG) Athar Ismail Amjad, 12 years, 11 months, 26 days, Okara District Police Officer (DPO) Omer Saeed Malik, 11 years, nine months and 28 days, Punjab Telecommunication SSP Sadiq Ali, 11 years, 22 days; Lahore Investigation SSP Zeeshan Asghar, 11 years, 11 months, five days, Sohail Zafar Chattha (who is abroad), 11 years, five months, 18 days; Punjab AIG Finance Shahzad Asif Khan, 11 years, six months, 27 days, Punjab Counter Terrorism Department SSP Jawad Qamar, 11 years, five months, 25 days, Lahore CTD SSP (Operations) Sarfraz Khan Virk, 10 yearS, eight monthS, 19 days; Jehlum DPO Shakir Hussain Dawar, 10 years, 20 days; Chief Coordinator for Security in Chief Minister’s Office, Ghulam Mubashir Maken, 10 years, one month, 13 days; Rahim Yar Khan DPO Muntazar Mehdi, 10 years, two months, 19 days and Punjab AIG Operations Imran Kishwar, served in Punjab for 10 years, one month and seven days, consecutively.

Similarly, revised list of SPs (BS-18) mentions three names — two of them women police officers, Punjab Highway Patrol (PHP) SP Ms Shaista Nadeem and Punjab Constabulary Battalion Commander (1) Nida Umar Qamar — have served continuously for more than 11 years in Punjab.

Faisalabad Region Investigation Branch SSP Atta-ur-Rehman also served for more than 10 years in the province.

Others include Punjab Constabulary Battalion Commander and Additional SP (headquarters) Malik Jameel Zafar, 10 years, seven months and 21 days and Lodhran DPO Syed Karar Hussain, served in Punjab for 11 years, 10 months and 24 days.

Four other police officers who served for 10 years, seven months and 21 days in Punjab are former Hafizabad DPO retired Capt Bilal Iftikhar, Crime Record Officer Rawalpindi SSP Haroon Rashid Khan, Adil Memon (proceeded on UN mission) and Punjab special branch Lahore SP Security Riffat Haider Bukhari.

Published in Dawn, September 22nd, 2020