Iftar parties: Police officials told not to attend diplomatic functions

Circular issued from central police official to all police stations.


Sohail Chaudhry August 19, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


Bani Ameen, the capital’s police chief, told police officers on Wednesday to not attend diplomats’ functions without his permission.


An official source requesting anonymity told The Express Tribune on Thursday that a circular from central police office was issued to all police offices in Islamabad.

The official said that all gazetted officers have been directed to strictly follow instructions conveyed through the circular.

He said that the officers would also be bound to ensure implementation of the instructions in their respective police stations and departments.

Violators will face stern action, the official added.

He said that according to the rules, an official has to seek permission from the Foreign Office in order to attend a party hosted by a foreign diplomat.

He said the cabinet has also directed the ministers not to attend diplomats’ functions without informing the foreign office.

The official said that the Inspector General of Police (IGP) issued the circular after IGP Punjab, Javed Iqbal, took action against officers who attended an iftar dinner at the American Consulate in Lahore without prior permission.

Last Thursday, IGP Iqbal sought explanations from six senior police officers for attending an iftar party hosted by US Consul General Carmela Conroy without permission.

They were given three days to submit their replies in person or in writing.

The officials who attended the iftar party included DIG Training Arif Nawaz, Punjab Constabulary Deputy Commandant and DIG Khadim Hussain Bhatti, Lahore VVIP Security SP Waqas Aslam, Elite Force SSP Maj. (retd) Shehryar, SSP Maj. (retd) Nasrullah, Headquarters SP Romail Akram and SSP Tariq Abbas Qureshi.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th, 2011.

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