SSP who saluted Maryam issued legal notice

Published: July 5, 2017



ISLAMABAD: When SSP Arsala, a female officer of the capital police, saluted the daughter of Premier Nawaz Sharif outside the National Judicial Academy on Wednesday, little did she realise that a flex of her arm and flick of the wrist would land her in trouble.

A lawyer has sent a legal notice to SSP Arsala seeking an ‘explanation’ and an ‘apology’ within 15 days for saluting a person who does not hold any public or government office.

As Maryum Nawaz arrived at the academy to appear before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing into the offshore assets of her family, SSP Arsala was seen walking up, coming to attention and saluting the first daughter.

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Later in the day lawyer Amna Ali sent a legal notice to SSP Arsala for the salute. “Please find the legal notice on behalf of taxpayers, citizens of Pakistan,” she wrote in the notice.

Amna Ali, who is reportedly affiliated with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, demanded that the SSP issue an apology in the national media along with an explanation for her action within 15 days.


Failure to do so, Ali warned, would incur legal proceedings and damages which she didn’t specify.

In the notice, Ali said that as a citizen, and a member of Islamabad Bar Association and Islamabad High Court Bar Association, she has personal and public reservations over the salute and asked under what authority SSP Arsala had undertaken the action for a person who does not hold any office and had been called by the JIT as an accused and that the action “created agony and mental shock to public at large”.

The lawyer has sought an explanation from the police officer especially being a civil servant who is serving as an SSP in the ICT police, fetching salary, allowances and other facilities from the tax payer money of the citizen of the country.

A copy of the notice has also been sent to the Islamabad police chief.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Amir
    Jul 5, 2017 - 11:54PM

    Let us not blame the SSP for salute; please blame the culture that we live in.

    Even lawyers have become known for mob mentality and break laws when they want something

    See how the police treated the MPA in Baluchistan with RESPECT even when he killed one of their own

    That is why these officers and workers are called civil servants and servant our leadership wants to treat them as

    If this police lady had been curt and done her duty; she would have been transferred somewhere and forgotten for advancementRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jul 5, 2017 - 11:55PM

    There is nothing illegal about it. Police Officers are servants of Public and Maryam is one of them. In many countries, including China, Police Official would salute you before telling or asking anything. Recommend

  • Qazi Rashid Manzoor
    Jul 6, 2017 - 4:00AM

    Our self respect has been eroded rather destroyed by our so called Leaders. Respect Imran Khan just for his bold & upright personality.Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Jul 6, 2017 - 6:31AM

    So this is what PTI is busy doing.Recommend

  • TSS
    Jul 6, 2017 - 9:23AM

    Thankyou Ms. Amna on behalf of majority of the people of Pakistan !Recommend

  • Imran Bukhari
    Jul 6, 2017 - 10:27AM

    We are a SLAVE Nation. We respect the rich person not the pious. But Allah declares the pious most Respectable not the rich. We don’t follow Sunnat-e-Elahi. Recommend

  • Azmat Ali
    Jul 6, 2017 - 10:42AM

    what a country where accused are being given protocol.Recommend

  • Khalid M.Rehman
    Jul 6, 2017 - 10:43AM

    Amna Ali

    I appreciate your sense of responsibility.

    This is what is required from a vigilant members of the society.Social media should make their voice loud too.On the other hand she had a protocol of 13 to 14 cars with all the police running like headless chicken which is to be noticed.

    The IG police Islamabad has to answer to the normal public that under which law they have blocked the roads for a person who is not a public servant.I heard on top of it that the car which is driven for her had a fake number plate. Recommend

  • Pekhawar Khan
    Jul 6, 2017 - 10:58AM

    And what about she coming in a vehicle plated with a stolen motorbike license number? SN-777.

    What an excuse of a country we have.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jul 6, 2017 - 11:36AM

    Amazing how so many in Pakistan have so much spare time while the country continues to suffer from serious and pressing issues! The SSP saluted simply as a mark of respect to the first daughter. Like it or not, she is the daughter of the PM of Pakistan who was democratically elected. The pressing need is to bolster the national literacy rate, the quality of education and the quality of training provided to our police and judiciary.
    This lady simply showed her respect by saluting. Its not that big a deal that govt. stationery be wasted on legal notices, etc. Grow up people. She is a normal SSP and did what came to her intuitively. There are far more serious things for which legal notices need to be sent in our country from politicians to satellite TV operators – far more serious offences are being committed day in and day out! Recommend

  • Asif
    Jul 6, 2017 - 12:32PM

    This should be the way and as Police officers are public servants so they must pay respect to all the citizen in this fashion. But the problem is they respect only politicians and rulers making it controversial.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan ka baap
    Jul 6, 2017 - 1:20PM

    Why attack the poor SSP who is only doing what any loyal-as-a-dog government employee would do?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jul 6, 2017 - 1:32PM

    As they say ‘If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.’Recommend

  • shafique
    Jul 6, 2017 - 5:19PM

    Good luck sspRecommend

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