Following an argument with Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umar Sheikh, Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) Superintendent of Police (SP) Asim Iftikhar is being transferred to the traffic department.
According to a notification issued by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Iman Ghani on Friday, Iftikhar will be moved to the post of Punjab Traffic Headquarters SP. Furthermore, he will be replaced by the current Traffic SP Tariq Aziz. This post change is immediate, but no reason was given.
According to sources, a meeting at the Safe City Authority headquarters between CCPO Sheikh and the CIA SP had turned into a heated argument, and the CCPO had issued arrest warrants for the latter afterwards. However, Sheikh’s seniors intervened and the warrant was later withdrawn.
It is pertinent to mention that CCPO Sheikh had told Iftikhar that his services were no longer needed. Reportedly, the CCPO’s brazen approach has alarmed the other SPs.
Reportedly, the main concern of the officers was that Sheikh had started treating senior police officers like his junior subordinates, against whom he had been taking “unwarranted” punitive steps, getting as many as 10 of them booked or arrested, since he assumed Lahore CCPO’s charge.