LAHORE: Punjab Information Minister Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan on Tuesday termed transfer and suspension of Pakpattan District Police Officer Rizwan Gondal an ‘internal affair of the police department’.
He was addressing a presser here in the provincial capital. Dispelling news, Chohan held the stance Gondal’s transfer and suspension had nothing to do with Bani Gala [Prime Minister Imran Khan’s residence].
“Inspector General of Punjab Police initiated the inquiry after complaints against DPO continued to pour in. A probe has been initiated in this regard”, Chohan told reporters. On controversy surrounding Buzdar’s use of plane, Chohan stated that Punjab Chief Minister (CM) is allowed to do so as per law.
A controversy was stirred as media reports suggest Pakpattan DPO was transferred was allegedly linked with the bitter altercation between Gondal and First Lady Bushra Imran s former husband Khawar Fareed Maneka.
According to the media reports from police sources, the district police officer (DPO) Rizwan Gondal of Pakpattan was reportedly transferred after he intercepted Khawar Maneka, former husband of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s wife, for speeding. Gondal tried to stop Khawar at a checkpoint on August 23 but he did not stop. However, they chased his vehicle and managed to intercept him. The ex-husband of the first lady misbehaved with the police and hurled expletives at them when they stopped him.
Later, Gondal and the Regional Police Officer were summoned by Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar at his 7-Club Road office and told to go to Maneka’s Dera (village outhouse) and apologise to him.The DPO refused to tender the pressured apology to Khawar, saying the police was not at fault over intercepting him.
Gondal was then notified as OSD by the Punjab Inspector General of Police Syed Kaleem Imam, reportedly for refusing to seek an apology from Khawar.