‘Who’s stopping them’: PM’s own security official gives the slip in UK

Published: June 1, 2012
" If found guilty of
illegally slipping in the
UK or remaining absent
from duty without
intimation, Shan
could be dismissed
from police service,"
City Police Officer
Azhar Hameed Khokhar.

" If found guilty of illegally slipping in the UK or remaining absent from duty without intimation, Shan could be dismissed from police service," City Police Officer Azhar Hameed Khokhar.


“Who’s stopping them” was PM Gilani’s reply to a question about an alarming percentage of the people wanting to flee the country. One of his own security official took the words quite literally.

Deputed with the security staff on the PM’s visit to England, Constable Ali Shan “disappeared without a clue”. Some police officials suspect that Shan made his move for a better future in Europe.

City Police Officer (CPO) Azhar Hameed Khokhar, on Thursday, said that an inquiry against the Punjab Police Elite Force’s constable was underway. He said if found guilty of illegally slipping in the UK or remaining absent from duty without intimation, Shan could be dismissed from police service.

The police official did not return with the PM’s security squad from the UK on May 13, in the hope of securing a better future, said a police official requesting anonymity. The PM had travelled to the UK on May 8.

The constable’s family has been questioned if they were in contact with Shan, the official said. The family told the police they had not been in touch with Shan since he had left for the UK with the PM’s security squad.

Shan was married some six months ago and he had been trying to go to a European country in search of a better future, he added, quoting his family based in Gujar Khan.

When contacted, PM’s spokesperson Akram Shaheedi said Shan had informed the PM’s chief security officer that he wanted to spend a few days with relatives in the UK. The constable has a valid visa for three weeks and is likely to return to the country before it expires, Shaheedi added.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 1st, 2012.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • A luminite
    Jun 1, 2012 - 9:20AM

    What goes around comes around :p


  • derpton
    Jun 1, 2012 - 9:34AM

    Just EPIC :D


  • Saad Sheikh
    Jun 1, 2012 - 10:21AM

    Now that is Ironic,…


  • Maher
    Jun 1, 2012 - 10:28AM

    Typical South Asian mentality…


  • Badr
    Jun 1, 2012 - 10:43AM

    Its good to know that even our PM can inspire someone.


  • Irfan
    Jun 1, 2012 - 11:07AM

    This news deserves international attention.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Jun 1, 2012 - 11:16AM

    @Maher: Typical south asian whiner.

    A constable in PMs security detail on UK visit? Is this usual?


  • SouthEastAsian
    Jun 1, 2012 - 11:46AM

    @Maher: Correction: “Pakistani mentality”.


  • Surya
    Jun 1, 2012 - 11:56AM

    Wrong..Pakistan doesn’t belong to South Asia.Lol..


  • Pinky
    Jun 1, 2012 - 11:56AM

    could be abduction..why are we jumping to conclusions?


  • Hamid
    Jun 1, 2012 - 12:38PM

    Days are not far, PM will take the same step and will slip from Pakistan, that’s why he said “Who is stopping them”?


  • Dr. Doolittle
    Jun 1, 2012 - 1:27PM

    Maybe this guy took permission from the PM after hearing his interview. The PM could not go back on his words, could he?


  • Nasir
    Jun 1, 2012 - 1:27PM

    @SouthEastAsian: Correct Pakistani mentality – and in parallel they will be burning the british flag and supporting extremists


  • Dr. Doolittle
    Jun 1, 2012 - 1:30PM

    BTW, if he was PMs security guard, should he have not returned with the PM? Or do we see another scandal of human trafficking by the PM. If true, he could not deny this. His statement is on record in the interview.


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Jun 1, 2012 - 1:33PM

    Sad part is that the constable who fled Pakistan will settle in a EU country and start building a Pakistan there!!


  • Imran Con
    Jun 1, 2012 - 1:39PM

    “He said if found guilty of illegally slipping in the UK or remaining absent from duty without intimation, Shan could be dismissed from police service.”
    and I’d imagine he wouldn’t care one bit, or better yet, be surprised he still has the job for as long as he’s had it afterwards.


  • Mohammed
    Jun 1, 2012 - 1:50PM

    You mean if he returns to day he still has a job? Maybe he took the PM `s advice too literally.


  • thomas edison
    Jun 1, 2012 - 2:21PM

    Why isnt anyone focusing on the fact that the constable has a valid visa for three weeks ?


  • Jun 1, 2012 - 2:23PM

    There’s no clue of the guy so far, and you still hope he’d return before his visa expires? Oh, how innocent of you!


  • Paindoon
    Jun 1, 2012 - 6:07PM

    Now Gillani should now what is stopping them :)


  • ijazmir
    Jun 1, 2012 - 7:01PM

    Hi Guys, He is poor man wants better life , he got a chance and he availed it.. Please do not blame Prime Minister for his action. But one thing bothers why he keeps such opportunist around him


  • aafat
    Jun 1, 2012 - 10:05PM

    Who knows …? One day, the PM’s BOSS might leave the country (hey, who’s stopping him yaar?)


  • Balma
    Jun 1, 2012 - 11:13PM

    Similar things have happened in the past.

    A military band, during Mushee’s time, went to take part in 14th August celebrations in NYC. Decided to stick in the US. And, I mean the whole band!

    A Karachi doctor who went to Cleveland, USA with famous singer late Noor Jahan while she was being treated at the Cleveland Clinic, decided to fall in love with a nurse there. How convenient. He is still there.

    Thousands of Pakistani students who went to the US or UK for education on Pakistani government’s scholarship decided to rob the bhookay-nangay avaam of Pakistan and never came back to Pakistan.

    Pakistanis are fast!

    Therefore, lets stop police bashing here.


  • H Chaudhry
    Jun 1, 2012 - 11:34PM

    @Balma Very true ! I came to US as student on my own but I knew several folks at the University sent by NUST, PIA, even Railways and they all decided to stay. They used to get $700 per month from Govt of Pakistan as stipend while their fees were paid and in return they were suppose to go back. They are the robbers of the greatest degree.


  • Dhakosla
    Jun 2, 2012 - 12:35AM

    Its alarming….. A member of PM’s security squad slipped away but they didnt take notice. What kind of Nation Premier he is, who compromised his security on such terms.
    Mr. Premier should told that officer : “yar mere liye bhi wahan jagah banalena”


  • Mirza
    Jun 2, 2012 - 1:11AM

    Except army officers no hard working person wants to live and work in Pakistan. The only people who stay put and take care of their perks are the army officers the rest try to make an honest living in the west. I only wish my country becomes a fair and peaceful place to have a simple life.


  • Shah
    Jun 2, 2012 - 2:26AM

    One laugh! Ooops trying not to laugh holding it in oh my god!!! God help me I don’t wana laugh! Damn can’t stop HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!


  • Maria
    Jun 2, 2012 - 9:41AM

    Let him run off to live the life of some third class citizen in the UK who is on social assistance / state khayrat living in some government flat called council flat! He’ll come crying back soon enough!


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