LAHORE: Inspector General of Police (IG) Punjab Javed Iqbal has sought an explanation from seven high ranking police officials on their uninvited presence at a US Consulate General Iftar.
The dinner had been hosted by US Consul General Carmela Conroy in Lahore.
According to sources, the officials had not informed the relevant department of their presence at the Iftar dinner.
Some of the officials, while speaking to the media, claimed that they went to the dinner in their personal capacity and not as officials.
IG Punjab has called for an inquiry and intelligence agencies are also looking into the incident. The inquiry aims to uncover possible ties Punjab Police officials may have with American diplomats and if they are personal or not.
The officials who attended the iftar dinner include DIG Training Arif Nawaz, DIG Deputy Commandant Punjab Constabulary Khadim Hussain Bhatti, SP VVIP Security Lahore Waqas, SSP Elite Force Major Shehryar, SSP Major Nasrullah and SP Headquarters Lahore Romail Akram.
US Consulate General statement
“US Consulate General Lahore, along with the majority of our friends and neighbors in Pakistan, is celebrating the Holy Month of Ramzan by observing the breaking of fast at Iftar. US Consul General Carmela Conroy has the pleasure of hosting some Iftari dinners, and has had the honor of being invited to Iftari dinners hosted by others. We do not comment on the identities of those with whom we break fast.”