Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations Sohail Chaudhry has been spotted flaunting Lahore police’s superiority over the force in other districts, including Faisalabad, Khushab and Mianwali, amid questions being raised about the handling of recent protests.
The Lahore DIG has over 30,000 police personnel at his disposal.
Clad in anti-riot gear and escorted by a senior superintendent of police (SSP) and SPs at Sadhoki, Chaudhry reportedly commented that Lahore police had been summoned amid the ongoing situation because they were “good” and trust worthy. He compared the provincial capital’s police with those of Khushab, Mianwali and Faisalabad, stating that they had not been summoned.
Ironically, Chaudhry served as Faisalabad city police chief before being appointed as the Lahore DIG Operations.
In addition, the district police officers (DPOs) of Mianwali and Khushab are among the officials whose services were placed at the disposal of the Rawalpindi regional police chief after Lahore police failed to halt the marchers.
The orders to the DPOs and two other officials to report to Rawalpindi along with their force were issued by Inspector General Rao Sardar after he reportedly had given a dressing down to the Lahore police top brass.
Prime Minister Imran Khan is also reported to have expressed his annoyance over the performance of senior officers of Punjab Police.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st, 2021.