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The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday reinstated Ghulam Mahmood Dogar as the Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) days after he was suspended by the federal government.

The apex court issued a notice to the federal government regarding Dogar’s appeal against the decision of the special bench of the Federal Service Tribunal (FST) that suspended him for a second time.

During the hearing, Dogar’s lawyer Abid Zuberi told the court that Dogar was reinstated by the FST as CCPO after being suspended the first time and that subsequently, a two-member bench of the tribunal itself suspended the reinstatement order.

Zuberi further said that the decision of a two-judge bench of the FST could not be suspended by another two-judge bench while the government’s review petition was also pending before the tribunal.

SC judge Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan questioned how one bench could suspend the decision of another bench. He maintained that the special bench, on the other hand, held that the petition was premature and stayed the order.

Justice Mazahir Naqvi asked how the Lahore High Court (LHC) said that the constitutional petition was not admissible after the LHC rejected Dogar’s request to set aside the notification concerning his suspension.

Zuberi told the court that the provincial government did not want to relieve the CCPO of his duties.

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The court adjourned further hearing on the application for an indefinite period.

After the top court’s new orders, the joint investigation team (JIT) probing the Wazirabad attack on former premier and PTI chief Imran Khan will become active again as it is headed by CCPO Dogar.

Last week, the FST had reinstated the suspension order for Dogar.

Dogar’s suspension

Dogar was initially suspended by the federal government through a notification issued on November 5. The FST has issued its detailed verdict on the government’s plea against the Lahore CCPO’s reinstatement.

It upheld the federal government’s decision to suspend Dogar on the grounds that he was unable to provide adequate security to the Punjab Governor’s House during a protest held in the wake of the attack on the PTI’s rally.

Prior to this, a two-member bench of the FST Islamabad, headed by the body’s acting chairman Rana Zahid Mahmood and member Mohammad Javed Ghani, suspended an earlier decision of reinstating Dogar and ordered the formation of a larger bench to hear the case.

It adjourned the case for the disposal of the review application by the larger bench on December 5.

It upheld the notification of suspension of Dogar issued by the Establishment Division on November 5.

The FST suspended the operation of the order passed by the bench-III of the tribunal on November 10 on Dogar’s suspension which had reinstated him.

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