Policemen suspended as cat devours PM’s peacock

Published: March 20, 2014

CCPO denies report, says policemen were suspended for absenting from duty. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: 

Three police officials deployed at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Jaati Umra residence in Raiwind were suspended on Wednesday and issued show-cause notices for negligence by SP (Security Zone 3) Syed Junaid Arshad. The police personnel were suspended after a cat devoured one of the several peacocks kept at the residence.

A police official said a gardener found the peacock’s body on Tuesday morning on the lawns of the premier’s house where the birds wander freely. He said the incident was reported to SP Arshad who summoned the constables deployed near the house.

Initially, SP Arshad denied the incident, saying some officials had been penalised for not being present for duty at the time.

One of the suspended constables, however, told The Express Tribune that 21 constables were summoned by the SP on Wednesday. He said the constables said they were on duty but did not anticipate a cat eating the peacock at night.

The SP cleared 18 security personnel as they were not manning the lawn but issued formal orders of suspension for the remaining three police constables, he said, including Tariq and Rafaqat, who were on guard near the lawn where the bird was attacked.

When contacted again, SP Arshad was unavailable for comments.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2014.

Reader Comments (52)

  • QB
    Mar 20, 2014 - 10:35AM

    Height of ridiculousness !!!

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  • Hani
    Mar 20, 2014 - 10:38AM

    Excellent use of tax payers money!

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  • Anon
    Mar 20, 2014 - 10:51AM

    Scores of people get killed everyday. No action. A peacock dies, the police spring into action. Shows where our priorities lie.

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  • on a lighter note
    Mar 20, 2014 - 10:56AM

    were they informed that cats are a threat to security too?

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  • JQ
    Mar 20, 2014 - 11:06AM

    Policemens kept for peacocks safety and suspended for not catching cat.
    Please suspends all police officers who are kept for politicians safety.

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  • Gratgy
    Mar 20, 2014 - 11:13AM

    The cat was a RAW agent in disguise and must be interrogated ASAP

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  • Zubair Khan
    Mar 20, 2014 - 11:15AM

    The police personnel were suspended after a cat devoured one of the several peacocks kept at the residence. Dear PM some time ask police to take action when mighties in Pakistan devour the poors and weak countrymates.

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  • Parhakoo
    Mar 20, 2014 - 11:21AM

    Let’s be glad it was the peacock.Recommend

  • Zubair Khan
    Mar 20, 2014 - 11:21AM

    Because PM peacock is more precious than an ordinary Pakistani.

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  • MAD
    Mar 20, 2014 - 11:22AM

    I dont know whether to laugh or cry at this piece of news.

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  • Unknow
    Mar 20, 2014 - 11:26AM

    @MAD: Once you find out, please let me know as well…

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  • Uzair
    Mar 20, 2014 - 11:57AM

    Perhaps our nation’s PM should spend more time worrying about the country and less time running a zoo?

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  • Bunty
    Mar 20, 2014 - 12:02PM

    Waoo… if a girl kill herself as some one raped her… no one notice… no one suspended…

    MIAN sahab kai morr ko bili par jayay… SUSPEND POLICE OFFICER… we deserve such fate as we elected them.Recommend

  • Mar 20, 2014 - 12:09PM

    Still better than his predecessor

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  • Ahmed
    Mar 20, 2014 - 12:28PM

    policemen suspended for not negotiating a peace deal with the cat.

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  • Zara
    Mar 20, 2014 - 12:35PM

    Wish they would know what suspension of a constable would do to constable and his family. It is sad that people ruling us are ignorant

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  • Mar 20, 2014 - 12:40PM

    Get a pair of cute little puppies. They won’t harm the peacocks and will take care of the billi too. All living things are precious. Please take care of them.

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  • Kaleem
    Mar 20, 2014 - 1:08PM

    The point of suspension should be: If they cant hear peacock getting killed by an innocent cat, how can they perform duties against bigger bullies. Pause Bashing please.

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  • Khan Gul
    Mar 20, 2014 - 1:55PM

    @MAD: For the moment you can laugh.
    But when army is deployed for operation against the cat. and Chief Justice should take suo muo notice, then you can cryRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 20, 2014 - 2:26PM

    Good job, accountability must be for all. Excellent move by the PM to bring justice, doesn’t matter if its an animal. Dealt with like a true leader!!

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  • Farooq
    Mar 20, 2014 - 2:31PM

    It could be Cat suicide bomber..

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  • White Russian
    Mar 20, 2014 - 2:32PM

    Why is Zardari still facing courts for running horse stabls in PM hous, while sharifs can do whatever they want and still pretend to be the cleanist in the whole universe?Recommend

  • Ali S
    Mar 20, 2014 - 2:59PM

    Policemen are hired to guard Nawaz Sharif’s gardens? Won’t private guards be enough for that? Absolutely ridiculous

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  • Bharat
    Mar 20, 2014 - 3:06PM

    Thats why i love Pak news sites. Amazing news that i wont find anywhere elseRecommend

  • JQ
    Mar 20, 2014 - 3:15PM

    That was the last peacock traveled from THAR desert in a PM Mercedes with protocol and died unfortunately but Mr. RanaSanaullah will say … He died but no other causalities recorded from THAR, Kolisthan.

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  • Fifo
    Mar 20, 2014 - 4:20PM

    Love the cat. She did the right thing but not our PM. Shows his level of IQ.Recommend

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Mar 20, 2014 - 5:28PM

    @Bharat:
    I guess this incident is more interesting than the reporting. That’s Pakistan for you. :) Poor cops.

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  • ria
    Mar 20, 2014 - 5:35PM

    awesome action taken by pakistan…. peacock is national bird of india and any attack or its killing will not be tolerated….:D :) :D

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  • Sheikh Adeel
    Mar 20, 2014 - 7:25PM

    Hilarious…!! Mian sahib what are you trying to do?

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  • qzj00
    Mar 20, 2014 - 8:15PM

    @Khan Gul:
    I think the army should not wait to be deployed. They should jump right in and make sure that none of the remaining peacocks are exposed to danger. On the other hand, it is too bad that no one has spoken on behalf of the cat who simply did what cats are supposed to do!

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  • Fareed
    Mar 20, 2014 - 8:35PM

    @ali:
    please – at least don’t be a disgrace to your name !!!

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  • Dan
    Mar 20, 2014 - 8:39PM

    Meaow?

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  • Zen
    Mar 20, 2014 - 9:03PM

    Loved the comments. Never knew that Pakistanis too had a lighter side. Thumps up!Recommend

  • GS@Y
    Mar 20, 2014 - 9:41PM

    This is ridiculous. The policemen aren’t there to look after the PM’s menagerie of exotic pets. If the PM wants, he can fire his mali or whoever minds his caged lions and peacocks and whatnot.

    Although I do suspect this might just have been the action of the concerned SP doing some good old TC.

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  • booboo
    Mar 21, 2014 - 1:35AM

    Its better to be a PM’s peacock rather than a human being in Pakistan.. Atleast somebody cares, if a cat makes a meal out you, rather than dying unrecognized in the blasts on the roads.

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  • MJ
    Mar 21, 2014 - 3:46AM

    All animals got to eat. PM eats tandoori chicken and goat chops and the cats in his backyard ate a peacock. It is just the circle of life. However all kudos to the cat who broke all security barriers and brought down a bird many times its own size. “PM to PM, PM ki billi bhi PM.”

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  • Qasim
    Mar 21, 2014 - 10:42AM

    Now, the government should start thinking to establish a new type to law enforcement agency: Peacocks Protection Commandos.

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  • UF
    Mar 21, 2014 - 12:14PM

    As we normally read in newspapers about recovery of the peacocks & other rare precious birds being recovered by the LEAs.
    How come these peacocks were illegally kept at his raiwind residence ???
    This speculates that the PM is entitled to keep as many number of these precious birds at his various residences in pakistan besides the deployment of police staff for their security.

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  • Anil
    Mar 21, 2014 - 1:03PM

    Aree yaar yeh sab chhodo yeh batao ki maryum nawaza ka kya reaction hai
    pakistan ka yehi ab formula bacha hai sunder -sunder politicians ko aage karo aur election mein baatein karo.
    zara marium ka reaction batao and yes somebody has written well
    peacock is our national bird
    what a bad luck in both countries – women are raped and no action or late actions are there peacock killed in VIP house – suspend policemen

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  • Sachin Dhawan
    Mar 21, 2014 - 1:40PM

    this is like India’s azam khan’s buffaloes who were lost and found by police, the borders divide us while stupidity unites us

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  • ria
    Mar 21, 2014 - 2:42PM

    @Sachin Dhawan: yes it got the policemen suspended…LOL…. UP….pathetic….not only that in UP wife of a minister stuck in a traffic and that got policemen suspended…..BJP or AAP must in UP….SP sucks

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  • Reeba
    Mar 21, 2014 - 5:06PM

    The issue is not the cat killing the peacock. The peacock must have made a lot of noise before it went down and no one payed attention. This means the police who were supposed to guard the house were not vigilant and any intruder could have broken into the house. It is the negligence of police who were not doing their duty whether it is guarding the PM’s house or some other place.

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  • U.M Sadiq
    Mar 21, 2014 - 5:34PM

    @Ch:Allah Daad.
    This guy is really funny, you can witness him in any post relating to PML-N/PTI. And generally speaking, he acts like a PML-N fanboy, and he personifies everything that is wrong with Pakistan.

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  • Mar 21, 2014 - 6:01PM

    @Anil: agree with Mr Nawaz Sharif is very handsome -like you said sunder hai! When I think about our Kejriwal or MMS oh my God!

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  • Ranveer
    Mar 21, 2014 - 6:29PM

    Mor No more

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  • Mar 21, 2014 - 7:22PM

    @Reeba: agree with you.

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  • Midas
    Mar 22, 2014 - 3:00AM

    @Gratgy: and CJ should take a suo-moto action…

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  • csmann
    Mar 22, 2014 - 5:46AM

    According to the Interior Minister it was the bodyguard of the peacock

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  • Rajesh
    Mar 22, 2014 - 8:49AM

    The cat was sent by TTP who told NS – “Hamari billi aur hami se meow”, NS was then forced to take action.

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  • Raza
    Mar 22, 2014 - 9:24AM

    To all Lahoris and proud PML-N voters; bravo! This is who you have elected.

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  • Truther
    Mar 22, 2014 - 10:28AM

    Now that’s like a true monarch

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  • Quwat khan sunny
    Mar 24, 2014 - 2:42AM

    Nawaz Sharif needs to form a committee to initiate peace dialog with cats.

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