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(From left to right) Lahore CCPO Ghulam Dogar, Chief Minister of Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, and former federal minister Moonis Elahi. — Screengrab

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Saturday suspended Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ghulam Mahmood Dogar with immediate effect.

The move came a day after an angry mob of PTI supporters staged a protest demonstration outside the Governor House in Lahore against the assassination attempt on the life of the party’s Chairman Imran Khan.

“Ghulam Mahmood Dogar, a BS-21 officer of the Police Service of Pakistan presently serving under Government of Punjab, is placed under suspension, with immediate effect and until further orders,” read the notification issued by the establishment division.

Sources privy to the matter said that Dogar was suspended over his alleged failure in providing foolproof security to the Governor House during the PTI’s protests and politicising the police department.

Governor House requests foolproof security

On Friday, Punjab Governor House administration wrote a letter to the Punjab Chief Secretary and Inspector General of Police requesting the deployment of more police force for the security of the Punjab Governor and his family, and staff residing in the Governor House.

The Governor House requested the Punjab government to take all possible measures to stop the mob from entering the premises. The administration also requested registering cases against the protesters for breaking the law.

Unruly mobs of PTI gathered outside the Punjab Governor House Friday evening and tried to crash the front gate on the mall, burnt tires, tried to climb the gate and vandalised the CCTV cameras. 

Punjab refuses CCPO Lahore’s transfer

It is pertinent to mention here that the Punjab government had refused to transfer the services of the CCPO Lahore Ghulam Mehmood Dogar to the federal government.

On October 29, Punjab’s secretary of services informed the Establishment Division about the provincial government’s decision through a letter.

As per the letter, Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi wanted to keep CCPO Lahore Dogar in the province.

Punjab, in its letter to the establishment division, stated that the CCPO’s services will be required to ensure security arrangements during PTI’s ongoing long march, the arrival of Sikh pilgrims from India via the Wagah Border to celebrate 100 years of Saka Panja Sahib, and the Tablighi Jamaat’s congregation.

According to sources, it was the third time that Punjab had refused to transfer CCPO Lahore’s services to the federal government.

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