RAWALPINDI- A tug-of-war has started between PML-N MPA from Gujjar Khan and two police high-ups over influencing police and interference into police matters, shattering the dream of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to change police station culture.

Police registered three separate reports against PML-N MPA Raja Shaukat Aziz Bhatti on account of influencing police, interference into police matters and threatening police officer of dire consequences. 

In retaliation of the police action, the MPA tabled a resolution before Standing Committee of Punjab Assembly against ‘highhandedness’ of police against him.

On May 21, 2013, police registered a report number 38 against MPA with PS Mandra for abusing a police officer on his cell number 0307-8883901 by MPA Shaukat from his mobile number 0345-8555322. 

The only crime of the police officer was to stop a motorcycle during a general hold-up. While the second report number 28 was filed on May 24, 2013 on the complaint of SP Saddar in PS Jatli. The SP stated that Raja phoned him on May 14 and tried to influence the inquiry of a tetra murder case took place in THQ Doltala on polling day, May 11.

MPA Shaukat while talking to The Nation on Tuesday said that he had presented a resolution before Standing Committee of Punjab Assembly in which he alleged the then SHO PS Jatli for forcing the voters to stamp on bat, the election symbol of his rival candidate PTI Chaudhry Sajid Mehmood. He added that in evening the PTI candidate’s men launched an armed attack on his supporters and killed four men with sophisticated weapons whereas police registered a case without inserting 7-ATA. He said that later the people of the area put three main demands before police that were to arrest the killers immediately, insert 7 ATA in the FIR and suspend the SHO. He said that instead of meeting the demands, SP Saddar along with ASP Gujjar Khan started implicating him in fake cases.

Raja alleged that police have been victimising him and his supporter. However, he remained tightlipped when this scribe asked as how this was possible when all police officers from RPO to ASI were being appointed at the behest of PML-N legislatures.

On a query, Raja replied that ASP Gujjar Khan Murtaza Satti, backed by SP Saddar Waheed-ur-Rehman Khattak, has personal grudges against him since he (MPA) got cancelled his appointment orders in Gujjar Khan circle. The SP Saddar and ASP Gujjar Khan have been summoned by the standing committee on July 4, 2013, said MPA and added, “Now its my turn to take revenge from the police officers. You will see how I will humiliate the police officers before PA. They will be there at 8:00am and I will reach at 12:00pm”.

SP Saddar, when approached, rebuffed the allegations levelled against him by MPA and said, “Police force is only performing its duty as per law.” He said that all are equal before the law. He said that MPA was trying to influence police in a murder case. He said that police meted out three demands of the victim family by arresting five out of seven killers. “I am fully prepared to inform standing committee about the matter. I have no fear of anyone,” the SP said. Acting CPO and SSP (Operations) Israr Ahmed Abbasi denied to comment when this scribe sought his point of view on the issue.