LAHORE  - Capital City Police Officer Chaudhry Shafique Ahmad on Monday dismissed 19 policemen from their services on various charges, ranging from corruption to misuse of power and negligence to willful absence.

A police spokesman said that the Lahore police chief issued these orders while hearing the appeals of 204 police officials from the rank of inspector to constable in the orderly room held at the Police Lines Qila Gujjar Singh.

City police chief personally listened to the tainted policemen one by one following the allegations of corruption, misuse of power, negligence, and misconduct were prove true against them during the departmental inquiries.

“Since the (tainted) police officials failed to give satisfactory replies in person, they were sacked on the orders of CCPO Chaudhry Shafique Ahmad,” the police spokesman said.

According to an official handout, after listening to their appeals, the CCPO also set aside various punishments awarded to 47 police officials on different grounds.

Those dismissed from their services included Sub Inspector Muhammad Arif, ASI Naseer Mughal, Muhammad Shafique, Traffic wardens Abdul Rehman, Tahir Saleem, Ali Akbar, Sohial Sharif, Zubair Khalid, Zubair Iqbal, Rashid Mehmood, Lady Traffic Warden Muniba Murad, Bhusra Batool, Farzana Iqbal, Nosheen Tasadaq, Constable Ajmal Ijaz, Qasier Mehmood, Muhammad Atif, Zeshan Ashraf, Ahmed Gayoor, Waseem Shaukat and Sweeper Tariq Masih. They were awarded punishment following the charges of corruption, dereliction form duty, non-registration of FIRs, misconduct and long absence from duties found true against them in the departmental inquiries.

Similarly, on the orders of the CCPO sub-inspector Muhammad Zafar was reverted to the rank of assistant sub inspector for badly behaving with a complaint besides using delaying tactics in the registration of a criminal case. The CCPO also awarded punishments of different nature including stoppage of annual increments, forfeiter of service, fine, and compulsory retirements to at least 157 policemen on various charges.

Church security: A 20-member delegation of Christian leaders led by Tariq Masih Gill, member of the provincial assembly, called on the CCPO at his office and discussed different issued related to the security of minorities and churches located in Lahore. Chaudhry Shafique Ahmed assured the delegation that no stone would be left unturned to provide foolproof security to the Churches.

The Lahore police chief also directed all the divisional police officers to ensure foolproof security for the Churches especially during the prayer timings.

transferred: Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Khan Baig on Monday ordered the transfers and postings of three police officers.

According to a notification, Muhammad Waqar Abbasi, Punjab SSP (Investigation Branch) was transferred and posted as SSP (Special Branch). Nazar Abbas was posted as SP (Special Branch) and Mrs. Nasim Chaudhry was transferred and posted as SP Special Branch against existing vacancies.