DPO Gondal Case: CM Buzdar and Ex-IG Punjab accept discrepancies, leave themselves at mercy of the court

ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar reached the Supreme Court on Monday after being summoned hours earlier in a case pertaining to the transfer of former Pakpattan District Police Officer (DPO) Rizwan Gondal  following an alleged altercation with Khawar Maneka — the former husband of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wife.

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A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a suo motu notice of the former DPO’s transfer.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, former Punjab IG Kaleem Imam and others on Monday tendered an unconditional apology to the Supreme Court in a case pertaining to the transfer of former Pakpattan District Police Officer (DPO) Rizwan Gondal.

Rejecting an inquiry report submitted by former Punjab IG Kaleem Imam, Justice Nisar summoned the Punjab chief minister, secretary establishment and Ahsan Iqbal Jamil, a close friend of the Maneka family, at 2pm today.

The chief justice also directed senior police officer Khalid Lak to inquire into the transfer of the former Pakpattan DPO.

Buzdar told the court, “On my third day after taking charge as provincial chief minister I learnt of the altercation between the Maneka family and police.”

“I wanted the matter to be resolved through consensus,” he added.

Justice Nisar then asked the Punjab CM, “Did you summon police officers at 10pm?” To this, Buzdar replied, “I asked them about their health, offered them tea and asked the regional police officer (RPO) to resolve the matter himself.”

“I did not exert any political pressure,” Buzdar said.

Following this, Buzdar and Jamil tendered an unconditional apology to the apex court. Further, former Punjab IG Kaleem Imam left himself to  the mercy of the court and also tendered an unconditional apology.

Last month, reports of Gondal’s transfer sparked controversy as speculation suggested that the police officer was transferred because of the August 23 altercation between police and Khawar Maneka — the former husband of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wife.

According to reports, police personnel under Gondal’s watch tried to stop Maneka at a checkpoint for speeding but he did not stop. The police then chased his vehicle and managed to intercept him.

Then Punjab IGP, Imam, soon after the reports, denied that Gondal was transferred under any pressure and said it was done due to his giving misleading statements about misbehaviour by police personnel with a citizen.

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