Transfer to Islamabad SSP of Sialkot lynching fame to protect diplomats

Former DPO Chauhan to assume charge as SSP security in Islamabad.

Sohail Chaudhry August 17, 2011


Former district police officer (DPO) Sialkot Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Waqar Chauhan will be transferred to the Capital Police in a few days. He was previously heading Sialkot police, at a time when the two brothers were beaten to death by locals, last year.

An official source said Chauhan had been serving as an officer on special duty (OSD) since then. The source claimed Chauhan’s father-in-law, former deputy inspector general (DIG) Rao Iqbal, played an instrumental role in making his transfer possible. He said Chauhan was labelled and perceived as “negligent” following the incident, which made it increasingly difficult for him to manage his post.

The source added Inspector General of Police (IGP) Capital Bani Ameen, who requested Chauhan’s services, has been a colleague of Chauhan’s father-in-law in the National Police Academy.

The source said that currently, there is no vacant post available against the rank of SSP in Capital Police. However, IGP Ameen decided to submit the services of SSP security Abbas Ahsan to the establishment division to accommodate Chauhan. The source added that Chauhan will assume the charge of diplomats’ security, as SSP security in Islamabad.

Footage of the lynching incident, filmed using a mobile phone video camera, was aired on television channels and went viral on social networking websites, sparking public fury. The video showed policemen standing on the sidelines, as a cheering mob mercilessly lynched Mughees, 19, and Muneeb, 16, with iron rods at Doburji Chowk in Sialkot. Members of the mob accused the brothers of being robbers but investigations into the case proved otherwise.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2011.


Riz | 10 years ago | Reply

Waqar Chohan is a murderer. He ordered those brother to be killed, and stood there encouraging the villagers involved. I hope one day, justice is served, and he has to whatch his own children suffer like that.

SA | 10 years ago | Reply

@Azher: I appreciate. So he is a friend of yours and all the time this has been something personal for your, whereas for me it has not, since I knew neither the guy nor the boys. I have no reason to hold anything against him except that he is guilty of negligence and if anyone who had the minutest of role in this particular incident is set free, that is certainly something that would trouble anyone having a heart. I am impressed when you say he got medals and all that; but Zulfiqar Cheema got them too, yet he promoted Vigilante justice, can you deny that? Agreed that he did that in good faith but what we saw that day was the fruit of Cheema’s doings. Admit it, we (that includes me, you and that friend of yours) are on the verge of becoming an existence that condones public butchering of helpless children. The apathy in your post reflects that. @ Darkstar: I fail to understand why you seem more interested in my comments than the news item.

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