Gilani's security staff, Punjab Police scuffle in Lahore

Published: May 19, 2012

LAHORE: The Government of Punjab after withdrawing the protocol of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has now started to create issues on his security as well.

A scuffle between Gilani’s staff and Punjab Police personnel is said to be the first move on the part of the provincial government to convey a message to the centre: ‘You cannot move without getting approval from the Punjab government’.

A brawl between the security staff and police personnel erupted over the issue of access to the stage where the prime minister was seated as chief guest. Gilani was attending the convocation of Virtual University at Expo Center in Johar Town, where he distributed certificates among the participants.

SP Sadar Police Division Athar Waheed said that Station House Officer (SHO) of PS Mustafa Town, Muneer had been stopped by a constable part of the prime minister’s security team. He said that he was also not allowed to go near the stage, claiming that both he and the SHO were insulted by the security team and harsh words had been exchanged.

A member of the Punjab police and the security team scuffled inside for 15 minutes after Gilani left the venue, and were joined by their colleagues later. The man from the prime minister’s security team was identified as Talat.

SP Waheed said he had offered that Talat apologise to the SHO and local police, but he had refused and had instead suggested that he be taken to the police station. The SP then ordered the policemen to take Talat to the police station, adding that an FIR will be lodged against him if he does not apologise.

The SP said that he is the one responsible for security of the venue and the whole system would be destroyed if he is not respected.

SP Athar Waheed is a renowned police officer who has openly expressed his inclination with Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N). During the Long March, Waheed – who was posted as SP Gujranwala – had refused to crackdown against PML-N workers. Later, he had resigned in protest.

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had openly applauded Waheed’s action and had vowed that he would be honoured once they were in power.

Security parameters

According to security protocol, the premier has been given P2 security under the Blue Book. P2 (Pakistan) is the highest level security in which three cordons are made.

Before the arrival of the prime minister, local police under supervision of the SP or DPO searched the venue and area through the Special Branch, Bomb Disposal Squad, metal and explosive detectors and sniffer dogs. After the police checked the venue, security staff of the prime minster had arrived and declared the venue clear.

The Chief Security Officer of the prime minister belongs to the Army and is equal to a Major.

However, it is the local SP or DPO who are responsible of overall security affairs of the prime minister.

Three cordons

The prime minister is provided with three security cordons – inner, middle and outer. The inner cordon comprises of the prime minister’s security, middle is provided by the Special Branch and the outer is handled by local police.

The incident took place between the inner and outer cordons, as the security staff insisted that the police was not allowed to enter the inner cordon, while SP Waheed said that he had the right to visit all cordons.

Tit for tat?

Sources in PML-N said that during Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sindh on May 15 and 16, the provincial government had withdrawn bullet proof vehicles and security, and that the PML-N media office had also issued a protest statement.

The second action from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) coalition government came when Interior Minister Rehman Malik had ordered SSP Islamabad to issues notices to the Sharif brothers for an inquiry into an ‘attack on the Supreme Court’ in 1998.

Sources have claimed that SP Waheed’s move was very calculated.

Governor Punjab orders SP’s transfer

Governor Punjab Sardar Latif Khosa, taking notice of the incident, directed the transfer of SP Waheed to Balochistan.

However, Police spokesperson Nabeela Ghazanfar said that Inspector General (IG) Police Haji Habibur Rehman has transferred Waheed to Provincial Headquarter Office.

Sources said that the IG on the directives of Shahbaz Sharif had refused to surrender Waheed’s services to the federal government or to relieve him.

‘No transfers’

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan said that the Punjab government cannot transfer officers on the wishes of others, adding that the incident had accidently occurred between the security and police officers.

He said the security staff should have obeyed the orders of SP Waheed as he was in charge of security in the whole area.

Sanaullah suggested that the matter should not be given a political angle, adding that no official would be transferred to Balochistan.

DIG Operation Rai Muhammad Tahir said that the matter had been resolved, and added that Punjab Police was investigation the matter.

SP Waheed made OSD

SP Waheed, on the orders of IG Punjab, was made Officer on Special Duty (OSD).

Shahbaz Sharif had earlier directed the IG to revert the order and had asked Waheed to continue his job as SP Sadar division.

The spokesperson of Punjab government had also said that no action will be taken against SP Waheed.

Sources in PML-N and the police told The Express Tribune that the IG had a personal grudge against Waheed. They said that a few months back, Waheed was in-charge of a promotion test for constables and sub-inspectors, and he had refused to pass one of the IG’s recommended candidates.

Sources went on to add that the IG’s operator had sat in the exam and had failed. The IG had then approached Waheed to pass him, who had refused and taken a decision on merit. They said that the IG had taken today’s incident as an opportunity and had made Waheed an OSD.

Waheed had said that PSP officials are not recruited on the recommendations of MNAs or minister, and they have to be recruited based on merit.

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Baba Ji
    May 19, 2012 - 3:35PM

    its getting interesting day by day … need to stack up on pop corn and soda !!!!

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  • Usman
    May 19, 2012 - 3:44PM

    What a sad state of police. Two officers fighting for their egos and politicians supporting them.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    May 19, 2012 - 3:47PM

    No big deal.

    The issue will be settled in Asi, Tusi.

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  • roger
    May 19, 2012 - 3:57PM

    Who cares? this is seriously not news worthy. Why do the people of Pakistan need to know about what happened between two individuals with over inflated egos? A security official at a local bank had an argument with an individual about using his cell phone within the premises… maybe ET should look into that, it’s breaking news.

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  • Sam
    May 19, 2012 - 3:57PM

    Shameful!!!

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  • ali
    May 19, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Who cares? this is seriously not news worthy. Why do the people of Pakistan need to know about what happened between two individuals with over inflated egos? A security official at a local bank had an argument with an individual about using his cell phone within the premises… maybe ET should look into that, it’s breaking news.

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  • Majid Urrehman
    May 19, 2012 - 4:03PM

    Shame on Gilani. His constable level guard is quarreling with an SP, not only his seniour but also in-charge of the whole security. If any mishap happened, who will be responsible, constable or SP?

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  • ishaq
    May 19, 2012 - 4:17PM

    Punjab Police or PML N’s Police?

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  • AV Bhagowal
    May 19, 2012 - 4:19PM

    This is the beginning of the end.History is repeating itself and the bureaucracy
    is playing a thankless job of serving two masters at a time.Unless some structural
    changes are made in the system,the duality of political pressures,caused by opposing
    parties at Centre and Province,would continue to bedevil society and create such sad situations.Tit for tat is the only face of revenge known to us and our social and political fabric is being torn to pieces by hotheaded elements.

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  • jibran
    May 19, 2012 - 4:30PM

    @roger
    @ali
    Are you Roger or Ali? Or for that matter may be you are the controversial SP in question himself if not the khadim e aala

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  • May 19, 2012 - 5:39PM

    Certainly, after the Salmaan Taseer incident, PPP and its security has to be careful of Punjab Police.

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  • Ali
    May 19, 2012 - 5:43PM

    @Majid Urrehman: PM security staff consist of special secret service personnel who are carefully selected and are part of 111 brigade special wing and they don’t come under any civil jurisdiction . Their identities and ranks are always kept hidden. Local police has no command over the special branch or the security staff. This incident was highly politically motivated.and the Federal government should think about withdrawing 2200 elite police security guards from raiwind farmhouse.

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  • owais hadi
    May 19, 2012 - 5:55PM

    Well done SP. Its the start of the lesson which PML N is going to teach gillani and ppp inshallah. Mian nawaz sharif zindabad

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  • Khawar Ali Siddiqui
    May 19, 2012 - 6:09PM

    The PML N statement regarding Nawaz gives it away. Why exactly is Nawaz given bullet proof vehicles on state expenditure? And if somebody hasn’t told the Sharif Bros Islamabad High Court has declared the Prime Minister to be de jure that is legal prime minister of the country. you can’t withdraw the protocol or start fighting with his authorised security men.Recommend

  • Iftikhar Ahmad
    May 19, 2012 - 6:30PM

    Please do not attribute every thing to PML (N) or Punjab Govt. Have punjabis ever heard any comments by the people of other provinces against their provicial govts. It is only Punjabi DHAGGAS talking against each other and pleasing their corrupt and anti Pakistan masters.

    I support action taken by the SP Saddar.

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  • Logic Europe
    May 19, 2012 - 7:52PM

    shareef brothers are going to be next Mujeebs to break the country

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  • akbar
    May 19, 2012 - 7:56PM

    If a LOHAR can be administrator i am pretty much sure that a NAYEE can be the head of NASA (provided the NASA was in LAHORE).

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  • Rao
    May 19, 2012 - 9:00PM

    Days ae numbered, elections will be decisive.
    Todya’s PM will be no more PM, inshallha…
    By the way PM should not visit since he knows that he wont get the due protocole.
    Once American President cancelled his trip to an American state when he was informed that due to certain reason Governor would not be able to recieve him…but look at our PM and President…..

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  • Blithe
    May 19, 2012 - 9:14PM

    What treatment should be meted out to a convict ???

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  • Blithe
    May 19, 2012 - 9:17PM

    Mate , Pakistan does not follow the Indian
    caste system .

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  • Imran
    May 19, 2012 - 9:46PM

    @Blithe:
    Pakistan does not follow the Indian caste system

    True it doesn’t…. It has its own.
    Jaat, Bhatti, Awan, Araeen, Jat, … I’ve lost the count.

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  • Falcon
    May 19, 2012 - 10:20PM

    As obvious, PTI doesn’t need to do anything to win the next elections… ;)…both of the bigger political parties are good enough to make fool of themselves

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  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    May 20, 2012 - 12:07AM

    I think the whole episode should be thoroughly investigated by a panel of Joint Investigation Team with no member from Punjab. Right now all institutions in Punjab including LHC is under the thumb of Sharif Brothers. All know that big brother and finger twisting KHADIM do not recognize both PM and the President. The case of deceased governor is in front of the nation. This act of defiance by Sharif brothers and company should be taken seriously.

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  • Blithe
    May 20, 2012 - 3:38AM

    @Imran:
    That is something else.
    I was responding to that troll who was talking about
    Lohar and Naye coming into politics.

    Pakistanis need to be above that.

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  • AFPAK
    May 20, 2012 - 4:38AM

    @roger:

    Drop the online name Roger. Ali looks ok.

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  • Mirza
    May 20, 2012 - 6:31AM

    There are two imp issues here. The news says that “PML-N said that during Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sind on May 15 and 16, the provincial government had withdrawn bullet proof vehicles and security, and that the PML-N media office had also issued a protest statement.”
    Why would any province provide top security to Nawaz Sharif? He is not elected even at the lowest post? The Qabza group thinks that they own the province and the country.
    I am glad that Punjab Govt and Sharif brothers have set up a good example for the other provinces. They must behave as independent states and not give a damn to the federal govt. It is about time that all the other provinces demand equal rights and power that NS is enjoying without any govt post. The other provinces should also refuse their cases that all go in the LHC and SC and try them in their court system. Even in the best case only after their HC, the SC should hear the appeal not before.

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  • Hamid Khan
    May 20, 2012 - 6:46AM

    @ali:
    SUCH NEWS ITEMS ARE SOURCE OF ENTERTAIMENT FOR PEOPLE OF PAKISATAN. HOW ELSE WILL THEY ENJOY WHEN THEY HAVE TO LIVE IS DARK STONE AGE MOST OF DAY

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  • May 20, 2012 - 7:38AM

    Is Punjab declaring UDI. Nawaz Sharif does not recognize the PM

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  • Logic Europe
    May 20, 2012 - 9:34PM

    @blithe same as to nawaz shareef who is a pardoned criminal for conspiracy
    and shebaz GILANI is No Criminal ,he is man of honour Aala nasab,khush guftaar
    educated and has succeeded to guide the country

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