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A senior police official said all the SPs refused to join the special squads for the ex-prime ministers, saying they had not received any instructions from the Establishment Division. — File Photo

RAWALPINDI: Police officers selected to head special squads for the security of former prime ministers Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf have reportedly refused to join the duty terming the move unlawful. Some of them have gone on medical leaves, it has been learnt.

Just one day before the end of the term of the PPP government, the then prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf ordered an “unprecedented security protocol” for himself and his predecessor Yousuf Raza Gilani.

“The former prime ministers have also asked for two police mobile squads and one mobile squad of Rangers for the security of their wives,” a senior police official said. “Such a large number of police personnel cannot be reserved for private persons and their wives," he added.

Each police squad comprises 75 policemen and is led by a superintendent of police, two deputy superintendents and four inspectors.

One SP and two DSPs were selected for the security of former prime minister Gilani during his stay and movement in the federal capital territory and his hometown of Multan.

A similar police squad will be on a standby for the security of Ashraf in the capital city and his hometown.

An interesting situation developed on Saturday when the special squad of the Islamabad police was directed by the inspector general of police, Banni Amin Khan, to immediately report to Mr Gilani at his residence in F-10/4.

“Though the low-ranking police personnel, who were ex-armymen inducted into the police on a three year contract, reached Mr Gilani’s residence, the SP and two DSPs refused to join them saying they were sick,” a police source said.

He quoted the SP as saying that he would not be available for the duty till Sunday.

One of the DSPs said he was going to hospital for a medical check-up as he was having a cardiac problem. A similar excuse was made by the other DSP, who said that his vehicle had developed some mechanical fault and he himself was suffering from pain in the legs. He said he was 55 years of age and could not perform field duty.

One of the SPs interviewed by the chief security officer of the prime minister a few days back said: “Retired station house officers should be deployed for security duty of the former prime ministers.”

The superintendents of police interviewed for the ex-prime ministers’ security duty were Mustanser Feroze (investigation), Farukh Rashid (diplomatic protection division), Dr Ghayas (headquarters), Ishfaq Ahmed (Industrial Area) Sardar Sadaqat (rural), Mehr Yar (anti-terrorist squad) and Captain Ilyas (City). On March 15, a batch of DSPs was interviewed for the special security squads.

A senior police official said all the SPs refused to join the special squads for the ex-prime ministers, saying they had not received any instructions from the Establishment Division.

On the other hand, the police high-ups also conveyed their concern to the authorities that the police would be misused by the ex-prime ministers during their election campaigns. Besides, their opponents would raise objection for using the police, the source said.

It may be noted that special security was also to be provided to former prime ministers Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and Nawaz Sharif during their movement in the twin cities. As many as 15 personnel of Rangers and the same number of Frontier Constabulary personnel with three police and a Ranger vehicle would accompany them.

Under the new directive for the security of the former prime ministers, 450 personnel would be taken out from the ICT police. The vacant positions would be filled with fresh recruitment later.

Comments (53) Closed

Cyrus Howell Mar 25, 2013 10:23am
Interesting. Certainly Raja Pervez Ashraf and Yousuf Raza Gilani can afford their own security details..
AA Mar 25, 2013 10:32am
Shameless and pathetic PMs we had. Can't they hire private bodyguards if they are so scared for their lives. After all they have earned a lot in 5 years rule. Kudos to the police officers for abiding by the law.
nadeem Mar 25, 2013 11:41am
I dont mind if they were given security personals but without bullets in their guns.
Aamir Mar 25, 2013 11:42am
Now time has come where govt officers will stand up for any un lawful command. Raja rental and Gilani must not be given any special treatment what so ever. Good Job Done police officers..
Kashif Mar 25, 2013 11:42am
LOL... I like that.
Aamir-Toronto Mar 25, 2013 11:52am
I wonder for how long they will continue to live on tax payers money......what a travesty.
Zubair Khan Mar 25, 2013 11:52am
It is some thing unique. Such a big force for ex people. Seems more to be a prestige point rathr than necessity. Hope with new comers the rules will be changed. Please have mercy on the tax payers money.
Jamshed Khan Mar 25, 2013 12:29pm
This is quite normal in a 'democrary' that when a PM leaves office he/she also surrenders all associated privilages. If they need security THEY should pay for it rather than the tax payer.
Arshad Jamil Mar 25, 2013 12:40pm
Can some one do a little math. on the number of ex PMs, their security details, and the total cost for security personnel, operations, fuel, food, and .....What a burden to a poor country, for those VIPs, who were "Godd for nothing"?
Azhar Hussain Mar 25, 2013 12:45pm
We salute the police officers for doing this. These people need to be made to understand the stress these useless leaders are putting the nation under.
Agha Ata (USA) Mar 25, 2013 12:46pm
I wish these police officers would also think of poor people not getting police help when needed is also unlawful.
cyma Mar 25, 2013 12:52pm
LOL @ nadeem's comment
JD Mar 25, 2013 01:52pm
I know there is no logical answer to this question BUT i am going to ask anyways...why is Gilani getting protocol? He was convicted and fired from his job. He is a convicted felon he should not get any benefits from the government for being a PM.
Naeem Mar 25, 2013 01:59pm
You can tell the popularity of this PPP government and their Ministers and by this move of providing themselves and their families such a high security. They know how "popular" they are and how the people will treat them and their families if they go out in the Public without any policemen guarding them. I bet they wont dare do that and if they did that the Public will surely "welcome" them with either hard boots or harsh tongue. PPP has dug its own grave and is surely burried in it.
maddy Mar 25, 2013 02:00pm
chalo iska matlab humari police mein thori bahut ghairat baaki hai...
ss Mar 25, 2013 04:50pm
ghairatmand Mar 25, 2013 04:58pm
its about time "ghairat" news was heard...
T.M.Wazir Mar 25, 2013 06:05pm
Indra Ghandhi was killed by her own bodyguard , I just wonder if our police officers rembember that? End of story.
Tufal Mar 25, 2013 06:32pm
Make them pay for it . Those policemen who want to supplement their income when off duty can do so.
logic Europe Mar 25, 2013 06:54pm
Undisciplined police,taht is what it is,it is the sighn of lawlessnes coming all over pakistan
neelam Mar 25, 2013 07:27pm
This is change. Our police refuses to be treated like animals. Bravo guys!!
umar Mar 25, 2013 07:45pm
HAHAHA!!!! It seems like the police doesn't wants to give Ghilani security. Now Mr. Ghilani pay for not listening to SC. God luck in future.
umar Mar 25, 2013 07:48pm
You are right Agha. Police should thinks about the poor. PPP hasn't don anything good for Pakistani people and then they are dreaming about coming back to the power.
yasir Mar 25, 2013 08:37pm
i am very proud of those officers who did not felt to provide security to these useless citizens of our country and we should why...why should we provide these useless people security.. the international meaning of forming police was to take care of people of Pakistan in the USA whenever i feel police car passes by our neighbor every 5 minutes we feel so secured and i dream and hope of same thing in Pakistan one day.these uneducated and pandu leaders need to take care of them and there families by themself. we dont need to treat these people like as our assets of the country. so handle yourself you big ballies usless,shamless,and uneducated former leaders of pakistan. pakistan needs to move on from these corrupt leaders now.. being an educated personal of this country..i only have hope in Imran Khan..
ali Mar 25, 2013 09:04pm
These guys have made too much under the table money and can afford to hire their own private security not security of the police department as their salaries are paid by the tax payers money.
Zeeshan Shamsi Mar 25, 2013 09:24pm
Look, there is hope still. Long live Pakistan.
Jaya kumar Mar 25, 2013 09:34pm
Magar discipline nahi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Israr Khan IsmailZai. Mar 25, 2013 09:58pm
Because this is Pakistan.
Muhammad yousaf Mar 25, 2013 10:13pm
I agree that the ex prime minister Yusuf Giuliani was convicted and fired. Why should the state provide him with security. Gilani should pay from his pocket
Merchant Mar 25, 2013 10:32pm
Don't forget, Bilawal is accompanied by even more security even though he is just another politician.
Malick Mar 25, 2013 10:35pm
For national functions like 23 march 14 agust, is OK but not for political activities
kirther Mar 25, 2013 10:51pm
Security arrangement for corrupt people, no way they don't deserve any protocol rather they should be tried in open court and given severe punishment for the damage that they have caused to our Pakistani society.
AAhmed Mar 26, 2013 12:39am
If they are so scared, they may as well stay in their houses. Who is asking them to be in public!
Usman Mar 26, 2013 01:08am
Finally, someone speaking sense. Time for the police to take a leaf out of the SC's book and strengthen its credentials rather than act like a private army for our corrupt politicians.
Usman Mar 26, 2013 01:09am
No mercy for tax payers who keep voting for people like Nawaz Sharif time and again
Azhar Zaidi Mar 26, 2013 01:27am
Its a good move. But where does the courage come from? Lets see if this is done in other provinces too. I see these officer promoted when Nawaz Sharif becomes PM. That will tell the story.
Ahmed Mar 26, 2013 01:31am
Next step: take away the 40 or so staff paid for by the nation that i am told every retired corps commander gets in Pakistan. (It would be good if someone clarified exactly what the perks are since this is the figure I was told by someone who should know).
Raja Mar 26, 2013 01:37am
So these PMs are worried about their lives but they are not worried about lives of people in Pakistan?
M. Saeed Awan Mar 26, 2013 02:13am
security to these men should not be provided at all since they could not deliver to masses. Rather garland of shoes be offered them.
HADI SAKEY Mar 26, 2013 02:20am
He is provided protocol because there other in line who will be convicted very soon. As and when such persons are on the road they will be jeered.
M. Alvi Mar 26, 2013 03:03am
Even if he was not convicted, he is not supposed to be provided any security. Pakistani politicians are just shameless.
M. Alvi Mar 26, 2013 03:09am
And everybody should be told that the guns do not have bullets, so that they can treat them whatever the way they want.
M. Alvi Mar 26, 2013 03:12am
If anybody, Musharraf and Imran Khan should be provided security, because PPP and PML are their staunch enemies.
greenhousepoly Mar 26, 2013 03:15am
Both were disgraced to the prime minister portfolio.They should not get any thing except except jail.
M. Alvi Mar 26, 2013 03:15am
If they know their popularity in public is so bad, why don't they quit politics and disappear. They have made enough money on poor Pakistan.
amir Mar 26, 2013 03:16am
its not taxpayers money since only 10% of taxes are collected. Its even worse since it is worldbank and IMF loans that are paying for their lavish lifestyles and crippling the already poor country.
Ali Mar 26, 2013 06:03am
Well done, nobody should be allowed to take a large number of security personnel (80 persons to safeguard one) even of high ranks to such leaders. They have eaten too much from the peoples pockets. We request the new commers to review all such laws to facilitate the Pakistani awam. Ali
undying_lament Mar 26, 2013 07:31am
"He is a convicted felon" that's your answer, my friend
Abdur Razzaque Mar 26, 2013 09:17am
Every body is equal before law. Compare it with the foreign countries it is same and there is no exception at all.
umer Mar 26, 2013 02:52pm
Forget Nawaz Sharif
Hasnain Haque Mar 26, 2013 08:31pm
First they looted the nation and now they need protection. Do you know how many bodyguards the Uk prime minister has and how many police accompany him, you will be amazed.
john Mar 26, 2013 10:05pm
If they don't like it they should file a petition in the courts. That is the procedure. Not showing up for work is dereliction of duty. No one is above the law, not the politicians and not the police personal.
Moiz Mar 26, 2013 10:09pm
What if some policeman decides to turn his gun to VVIP ?