The Lahore High Court on Tuesday restrained the federal and Punjab governments from transferring two Superintendents of Punjab Police (SP) to Balochistan.
Justice Ayesha A Malik issued the two-week stay order on petitions moved by SPs Imran Ahmer and Masood Saleem who had challenged their transfer orders. The governments were told to file replies by October 2.
The petitioners submitted that they had already served for many years outside the Punjab, but the government had recently issued orders transferring them to Balochistan.
They objected to the government posting them outside of the Punjab instead of transferring officers “who have never served outside the Punjab”.
They called their transfers orders “discriminatory”. They requested the court to suspend their transfer orders.
Representing the federal government, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Naveed Inayat Malik told the court the transfers had been made in light of a recent transfer policy announced by the prime minister in May.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th, 2012.
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