LAHORE: CCPO Lahore Bilal Siddique Kamyana, DG Anti-Corruption Abdul Jabbar and Jhang DPO Sardar Ghias Gul Khan were relieved of their duties “with immediate effect” on Wednesday morning, according to a notification issued by the Punjab government.
Kamyana and Jabbar were also asked to report to the Intelligence Bureau (IB), while Sardar Ghias was directed to report to the Cabinet Secretariat in Islamabad.
Reportedly, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was annoyed with Kamyana over the police’s highhandedness in dealing with PTI supporters when they participated in the ‘Azadi March’ to the capital in May, a month after the no-confidence motion sent former prime minister and party chief Imran Khan packing.
Sources also say that many corruption cases against PTI leaders, including former chief minister Punjab Usman Buzdar and Farhat Shahzadi alias Farah Gogi, a close friend of the ex-first lady Bushra Bibi, were lodged as Abdul Jabbar had taken charge as DG anti-corruption.
The move comes after Punjab saw yet another dramatic turn of events late last night. Hours after the Supreme Court had struck down the Punjab Assembly deputy speaker’s ruling, President Dr Arif Alvi administered the oath of provincial chief executive to PTI candidate Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi at the President House at 2:30pm in the wee hours of Wednesday.
Earlier this month, an anti-corruption unit in the Farah Gogi case had arrested two accused belonging to the Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development and Management Company (FIEDMC).
On July 19, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB)-Lahore had summoned former first lady Bushra Bibi’s close friend Farah Khan, her husband Ahsan Iqbal Jamil and Chaudhry Majeed, along with 19 others, in the assets case against her.