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.