LAHORE – The heirs to ASI Muhammad Rizwan, who served the department over 25 years and died in the line of duty months back, are being forced from pillar to post to get the funeral charges of the deceased cop.

The family has requested the Punjab Police Inspector General to place orders to relevant authorities for the disbursement of the amount and also recruit a youth from the bereaved family, as he promised during his first media interaction.

Muhammad Rizwan had been discharging his duties in the Director Public Relations Branch at Central Police Office for the past several years but he died in beginning of the current year due to fatal disease.

“Generally, the Welfare and Finance Branch of the Punjab Police pays Rs 50,000 immediately to the bereaved family under umbrella of funeral charges,” a senior police officer said. However, the department dispatched a cheque to the Motor Transport Department of the Punjab Police as the entitlement of Rizwan was MT Department. SP MT Jaffar Abbas told TheNation the department would never pay the cheque to this or any other aggrieved family until or unless, the family produces Succession Certificate, which may confirm the death and will empower the widow to obtain the amount.