Army officers rough up Motorway personnel over reckless driving ticket

Published: September 12, 2016
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K-P police have registered an FIR and further investigations are underway. PHOTO SOURCE: FACEBOOK

K-P police have registered an FIR and further investigations are underway. PHOTO SOURCE: FACEBOOK

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) police registered an FIR against Pakistan Army officials who allegedly roughed up four officials of the National Highway and Motorway Police (NHMP) on the Grand Trunk Road over being issued a ticket for reckless driving.

“On the written complaint of SI/PO Atif Khattak, FIR No. 1114 dated 10-09-2016 has been registered under sections 279, 186, 353, 506, 365, 342, 148 and 149 of Pakistan Penal Code in the police station Akora Khattak, District Nowshera,” a letter addressed to the IG NHMP, Islamabad by a zonal commander said.

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Referring to the scuffle between officials of Motorway Police and two young army officers, an ISPR spokesman said the matter is being investigated. “Law will take its course in disposing the case and justice will be done.”

The motorway police signaled to stop two vehicles near the Jahangira Town on the GT Road. However, the drivers did not pay any heed and sped away. Later, the two vehicles were intercepted near Itefaq Kanta where the travellers introduced themselves as security personnel, sources told The Express Tribune.

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The alleged suspects then called more security personnel to the scene in a bid to intimidate the motorway police. According to initial reports, the NHMP personnel were first roughed up and then taken to Attock Fort, where they were kept under unlawful detention for a while before being finally released, sources added.

Later, the four injured officials of the motorway police, including Inspector Mohsin Toru, Head Constables Jalal Shah and Atif Khattak and driver Shah Zeb, were taken to the District Headquarters Hospital in Nowshera for treatment and medico legal examination.

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  • M. Emad
    Sep 12, 2016 - 2:30PM

    ‘Power comes from the barrel of a gun’.Recommend

  • Logitech
    Sep 12, 2016 - 2:30PM

    This is a real test for Raheel Sharif.

    These newly-inducted officers, it seems, let their status get to their heads. I will still be surprised if they’re reprimanded.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Sep 12, 2016 - 2:33PM

    Not even the police means anything in front of these sacred cows. Nothing will be done to the army guys as the matter would be disposed off like a tissue paper.Recommend

  • Asif
    Sep 12, 2016 - 2:34PM

    Supremacy of the law be upheld at this level otherwise there is no nation. That is if the officers are also member of PML-N.Recommend

  • point
    Sep 12, 2016 - 2:34PM

    Yes please, Motorway Police do not bow. Thank you honest officer of Police for not being afraid and taking a stand. Please do not bow or get back due to fear or being offered money. Your stand will make a difference. These army personals just think they own everything. Will make you feel embarrassed on check posts but can’t stop a suicide on a school which only comes after crossing 2 army checkposts yet no inquiry made over those army men till date~!!Recommend

  • Adeel
    Sep 12, 2016 - 2:46PM

    Good Job, Motor Way Police. Well Done, Keep Up THE good Work and High Ups Should Make Sure To Pursue The Case Till The Lawful Conclusion. Constable Jalal Shah Is A Hero.Recommend

  • Ali gilgitii
    Sep 12, 2016 - 2:57PM

    We respect our army and value their sacrifices .but this doesn’t exempt them from rule of lawRecommend

  • A. J. Khan
    Sep 12, 2016 - 3:00PM

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    We need a mechanism to keep these military personnel in check. These criminals in uniform cannot go unpunished. They must be tried in a civil court and not a non-transparent court martial. Even the officers in command of the Attock Fort are guilty for allowing the crime to happen under their watch.
    Justice should not only be done, but should also be seen to be done. A court martial is not the solution.Recommend

  • boys
    Sep 12, 2016 - 3:03PM

    boys will be boys.Recommend

  • Thora Bora
    Sep 12, 2016 - 3:14PM

    No one above the Law.. they need punishment. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 12, 2016 - 3:15PM

    Disgraceful

    The COAS should go personally to meet these 4 Motorway Police Officers and commend them for doing their duty, and the two Army officers involved HAVE TO BE MADE AN EXAMPLE, if allegations proved, they should be dishonourably discharged and charged through the Courts.Recommend

  • PakPower
    Sep 12, 2016 - 3:15PM

    Despicable act. Court-martial all army officers involved to set a precedent. Army needs to get itself out of this thug image.Recommend

  • Saad
    Sep 12, 2016 - 3:18PM

    It’s very discouraging and is a hard hit on the esteem of a foundational functioning unit of Pakistan. In US, the traffic police is equipped with armor for any such situation. The traffic police should be armed and should use force if required. As for these army kids, an exemplary punishment should be set to let know that no one is above the law.Recommend

  • Dr Murad
    Sep 12, 2016 - 3:31PM

    No one should be above the law, the perpetrators have really brought a very bad name to the institution that has been making efforts to improve its image nationally and internationally…expect the very active DG ISPR to update us about the outcome of the investigation… it is a plain case of misuse of power and authority Recommend

  • Khan
    Sep 12, 2016 - 3:40PM

    On a highway or motorway, the NH&MP police is the authority. Even if an officer on duty crosses the limits while enforcing the law no body has the right to retaliate by force. Complaints, if any can be lodged with authorities. But assault on an officer on duty by anyone is akin to challenging the writ of state. Culprits need to be taken to task and assaulters must not be left go scott free. Otherwise we will only prove ourselves to be a banana republic. Army as an institution would decide whether individuals are important or institutional reputation is more important. Reputational damage to an institution has far reaching effects and must be avoided.Recommend

  • Sheikh
    Sep 12, 2016 - 3:45PM

    Army crossings it’s limit everywhere – sad Recommend

  • Napier Mole
    Sep 12, 2016 - 3:48PM

    How much credence can one place on the promise of ‘inquiry’ and appropriate action when the murderers of mqm’s Aftab Ahmad in Karachi are yet to be punished despite assurances by the COAS.Recommend

  • Karachi 3
    Sep 12, 2016 - 4:06PM

    Test case; let us see what happens.Let the media follow up.Let me please not loose hope on belief that justice will be doneRecommend

  • Shah
    Sep 12, 2016 - 4:17PM

    Rubbish one sided story. All stupid ppl got a chance to once again malign the institution. Such stupid things even if true happen off n on with one or two ppl of every other institution. Law will take its course. No need to propagate your ill agendas. Chill!Recommend

  • Najam
    Sep 12, 2016 - 4:48PM

    Army and motorway police both aee respected state institutions . Better we can treat this incident as an individual act .. These could be new recruits and they must need to know what is the meaning of law and no one is above law. Respect for the one who implemented the lawRecommend

  • gro
    Sep 12, 2016 - 5:03PM

    These booted guys consider themselves above law- :(Recommend

  • gro
    Sep 12, 2016 - 5:07PM

    in complexRecommend

  • Sheraz
    Sep 12, 2016 - 5:09PM

    I think u all people didnot interact with police of pakistan.The most corrupt and dishonest institution in pakistan…any how…..the thing is this i saw myself behaviour of police with poor and a normal citizen..they treat them like animals and it has become their habit …so if someone teach them lesson ….appreciate thise people…
    U r asking for court martials…are u ppl are fools with higher qaulifications…shut ur mouth and just keep watching.Recommend

  • Tahir
    Sep 12, 2016 - 5:11PM

    In my own experience, these young army Captains can be pretty unreasonable while dealing with civilians and non military people. They lose their temper quickly and act like thugs. There is no justification for this incident. They should all be court martialled and be made an example for other armed forces personnel. Recommend

  • Jadugar
    Sep 12, 2016 - 5:14PM

    If the Army officers broke the law they should be dealt according to civilian Law, The hard work of the Armed forces should not be hijacked by rouge personnel of the Armed Forces. They must accept that they are not above law .Recommend

  • Usman
    Sep 12, 2016 - 5:21PM

    @A. J. Khan: There’s no need for the useless vitriol you’ve written. Using this as an excuse to malign in institution is not acceptable.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Sep 12, 2016 - 5:22PM

    Give the police a 1 Marla Defence Plot and see if anybody remembers anything !Recommend

  • wept
    Sep 12, 2016 - 5:24PM

    Look at these cowards, thrashing unarmed motorway police. These species are failed experiment in animal to human mutation. Why do they have to behave like goons and bring the whole institution down within minutes? I suggest court martial and dishonorable discharge from service. None of them are here to serve the country. They just wanted to serve their pint-sized ego.Recommend

  • sss
    Sep 12, 2016 - 5:35PM

    Just a stray incident by young officers and the army is strict in discipline and these officers will be punished for exemplary purpose. Meantime, Nawaz sharif and the party of crooks frequently do such stuff and get away. I much prefer the army despite some failures. Recommend

  • Imran
    Sep 12, 2016 - 5:45PM

    Ham pakistani awam ko yehi bemari ha k jis ko media utha le usi k sath hojate ho. Khuda k liye yar kiya tum logo ko nahe pata k policr awam k sath kiya karte ha ham log police station k pass se guzar b nahe sakte. Hamare mulk ma police ha hi nahe ye syastdano k gunde ha gunde. Ye khuda ki kasam ye hamare forces hi ha jin ki waja se hamara mulk bacha hova ha warna ye syastdan kab k isko bech kar london aur dubai bethe hote so pls help your army to protect your country.Recommend

  • Jibran
    Sep 12, 2016 - 5:48PM

    In the US, you will see majority of the people overspreading. However, whenever you see a military vehicle, you will never find it above the speed limis, for they are very disciplined and are true professionals. Pakistan army had always been a bunch of thugs starting with their very first COAS.Recommend

  • masoom
    Sep 12, 2016 - 5:53PM

    These are the ugly incidents who spoil image of our brave and beloved army and our enemies who are on negative propaganda get material for their promotions! Recommend

  • besharam khan
    Sep 12, 2016 - 6:10PM

    Make some noise for the Pindi boysRecommend

  • Ahsan
    Sep 12, 2016 - 6:21PM

    Army men should remain in their limits.
    No one is above law. This culture of superior complex that ‘we are accountable to noone’ must be stopped.Recommend

  • Karachites
    Sep 12, 2016 - 7:02PM

    Ghatyaa Forces eating country since 1947Recommend

  • hameed fraz
    Sep 12, 2016 - 7:07PM

    its history. the biggest law breaker the biggest position holder. so why to abide by the law.Recommend

  • Rashid
    Sep 12, 2016 - 7:16PM

    Another beautiful demonstration of Army’s love for ‘Bloody Civilians’.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Sep 12, 2016 - 7:48PM

    They own Pakistan. Recommend

  • Nadir
    Sep 12, 2016 - 7:53PM

    @Usman:
    Shame on you as well as the hooligans you are trying to defendRecommend

  • brar
    Sep 12, 2016 - 8:06PM

    @Sheraz: Only sane person I came across the comments so far.Recommend

  • MAZHAR
    Sep 12, 2016 - 8:11PM

    Nothing unusual is going to happen end result will be reconciliation between weak and strong party as many times happened when MNA or MPA did the same . no law no rule ! Recommend

  • Junaid Khan
    Sep 12, 2016 - 9:13PM

    Punjab Power. How dare you can stop us ? Ek to civilian aur user se Pakhtoon. Recommend

  • Nasir Ahmed
    Sep 12, 2016 - 9:44PM

    It’s a total drama created. I think so but original story May b different one.Recommend

  • Np
    Sep 12, 2016 - 9:45PM

    @PakPower:
    Why court martial for a civilian crime? That just allows them to hide the issue. It is better to transparently charge them in civilian courts.Recommend

  • Zarar
    Sep 12, 2016 - 10:16PM

    If the prime minister is not accountable then no1 is. Change has to come from the top Recommend

  • Aziz
    Sep 12, 2016 - 11:14PM

    @Np
    Its always a civil judge that transfers a civil offence to military legal system.
    We have all the laws in place, its the right actions, honesty, dedication, transparency … that are needed as a nation … both civil and military.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 12, 2016 - 11:46PM

    This is a test case….the result of the inquiry ….must be made public and FAST.Recommend

  • Aleem
    Sep 12, 2016 - 11:57PM

    For all those jumping the gun, the officers and troops involved will be seriously reprimanded. The Army cannot allow officers to take matters into their own hands. I am sure some hot headed young officers were involved in this and the Army will take appropriate steps to address this.Recommend

  • NKAli
    Sep 13, 2016 - 8:49AM

    Yes absolutely!!! No one is above the law. Conversely and with respect, does the law practically exist in Pakistan? It’s on paper!
    However, the army officials must act with humility and common sense setting a good example. The cop for doing his duty must be merited with an increment and promotion. And the vociferous politicians crying out hoarsely must CONVICT PM Nawaz Sharif for daylight and brazen corruption. Salams Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Sep 13, 2016 - 8:58AM

    One uniform must have respect for the other uniform.Recommend

  • Ashfaq
    Sep 13, 2016 - 10:25AM

    Be remember that this is the action of individuals n not that of Pak Army as an institution. So we should avoid to give negative or conspired remarks on the subject issue.let’s wait see the law takes its course,Recommend

  • Faizan
    Sep 13, 2016 - 10:45AM

    Dear Imran Khan. At least say something or tans behind CM of KPK as head of government and responsible for Police to enforce law. If u can challenge and ridicule IG then two rogue army officers can do this. Condemn this if u don’t believe in violence and stand for rule of law Recommend

  • Ijaz
    Sep 13, 2016 - 11:16AM

    What is going on? General Raheel should control these instances which are happening every now and then. The british made this difference between Army and Civilians, yet after they long gone we are still following the same tradition. Everybody should be held accountable. I have seen in cantt areas that if you are civilian then you have no power whatsoever whereas military guys move like they own the area. Its pakistan its for everybody, its not a personal property of any army men or politician.Recommend

  • Husnain Ali Baig
    Sep 13, 2016 - 11:57AM

    This “Jagga Behaviour” of army has costed Pakistan a lot over the time…This show of pride is NOT appriciated. The real heros of Pakistan are those silent and honest nuclear and weapon scientists who are working days and nights in their labs and making Pakistan invincible by the grace of Almighty God and their hardwork. Otherwise this “Jagga Army” ,which was once upon a time true “Pak Army”, has lost on every single front since 70s. This “Jaggaism” has resulted in Bangladesh in the past and is continuously brewing hatred accross all provinces. Continously losing respect, people only fear them.
    Salute to respected and honorable officials of NH&MP for honestly doing their job!Recommend

  • observer
    Sep 13, 2016 - 12:06PM

    @Asif:

    “Supremacy of the law be upheld at this level otherwise there is no nation.”

    The army is supreme in Pakistan and is the law unto itself.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Sep 13, 2016 - 1:40PM

    This looks like….uniform vs uniform …or….. ego vs ego.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Sep 13, 2016 - 2:28PM

    This episode highlights the unprofessionalism and indisicipline within the army. The institution has failed and its leadership has a lot to answer for. The COAS must apologise to the nation on behalf of his subordinates.Recommend

  • Rammal
    Sep 13, 2016 - 2:30PM

    Good job. I also do the same. Tho I’m CSP.Recommend

  • ivehadit
    Sep 13, 2016 - 4:10PM

    The prevailing culture in the Army reflects disdain towards all civilian institutions. Nothing new here. The military is sworn to protect the constitution. Perhaps this needs to be taught with more emphasis in Army officer training classes. Turkey a clear example of what can go wrong when military culture doesnt hold civilian law supreme.Recommend

  • Zabdesk
    Sep 13, 2016 - 4:54PM

    @Najam:
    The commanding officer of Attock Fort is a newly recruit. Great.Recommend

  • leela4fun
    Sep 13, 2016 - 9:59PM

    The army owns the country. Their country, their laws!Recommend

  • Asif
    Sep 14, 2016 - 12:46AM

    Whenever you abuse someone you will get thrashing, whenever you point gun to someone you will get thrashing …. highways are not property of motoway police… they think while doing duty on highways, they can abuse anoyne… there are hundreds of motorway police abusive clip aval on YouTube thrashing poor public….. now where is the law ? There is no law in this country at all …. everybody mna mpa police judge wadera sho ac/DC is above law.. nothing can be done… Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Sep 14, 2016 - 1:22PM

    @Parvez: Enquiry is done to white wash the issue. What happened when 12 people were murdered in Model Town Lahore? An inquiry was conducted and all is well again. Relax people in Pakistan MIGHT IS RIGHT. Recommend

  • Grace
    Sep 15, 2016 - 1:00AM

    @IBN E ASHFAQUE: You mean 12 people who attacked police and acting like they were above law because some Canadian cleric told them to break the law? No the real Model Town culprit Tahirul Qadri needs to be detained and charged like these army officers who also think they are above the law. They have studied under Musharraf so they think a gun is all you need to rule. Shame.Motorway police are always professional even when I have been charged for speeding and I am wrong.Recommend

  • Sajid Gondal
    Sep 15, 2016 - 12:07PM

    @PakPower:
    A court martial is not the solution, they should be executed through the Civil Courts…Recommend

  • Sajid Gondal
    Sep 15, 2016 - 12:14PM

    @Aleem:
    If the Army had been taking some serious actions against these “hot headed young officers” in past, such incidents should not be taking place in such frequency.This incident came into limelight because the other side was also a police force…Just imagine, how they might be behaving with civilians in tribal areas where they have been assigned the task of restoring peace…. Recommend

  • Muhamad
    Sep 16, 2016 - 5:41AM

    The army guys behaved like gangsters . Sad, and it does not match with the role and image of our army. Serious corrective action must be taken to discipline such actions.Recommend

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