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Punjab Police Officers Considering Applying For Leaves To Express Solidarity With Sindh Police

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A number of Punjab police officials are reportedly considering submitting their leave applications to express solidarity with Sindh police whose officials earlier applied for leave saying that the police high command was ‘ridiculed’ and ‘mishandled’ in the ‘episode of registration of FIR against Captain (r) Safdar’.

Journalist Benazir Shah quoted a Punjab police officer as saying that this proposal is still under consideration and no final decision has been made in this regard.

Earlier on Tuesday, a number of senior police officials of Sindh Police applied for leave to deal with “shock” from the “episode of registration of FIR against Capt (R) Safdar. These officials included 2 additional inspectors general (AIG), 7 deputy inspectors general (DIG) and 6 senior superintendents of police (SP). The leave applications submitted to Sindh’s Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Mahar are claimed to represent widespread discontent in the police over the manner of Capt (R) Safdar’s arrest.

Furthermore, a thread was posted from the Twitter handle of the Sindh Police which noted that “IG Sindh decided to proceed on leave and subsequently all ranks decided that they would also apply for leave to protest the humiliation meted out to Sindh police. This was a spontaneous and heartfelt reaction and made on an individual rather than a collective basis, because every single member of the department felt an acute sense of disrespect.”

This comes a day after PML-N leaders claimed that Chief Minister Sindh Murad Shah told them that police were coerced into arresting Capt (R) Safdar by breaking into the hotel room where Maryam Nawaz and her husband were staying. On the refusal of the police authorities to comply with this, according to the allegations, the Inspector-General of Police was kidnapped by the paramilitary Rangers.

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