Fawad Chaudhry terms DPO Pakpattan’s transfer legal

  • He says Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were keen to invest billions of dollars in various sectors of Pakistan
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said that Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar transferred former DPO Kasur Rizwan Umar Gondal, whose suo motu case is being heard by the Supreme Court, legally.

The information minister, who is also lawyer by profession, while talking to a private news channel said that he was surprised over the stance taken by the Punjab government in the court. He added that the Punjab government should have taken tough stance over the issue in the apex court.

He said that the inspector general had no authority to relocate the DPO as the power in this regard lied with the provincial chief executive. He termed the transfer of Gondal by Buzdar, which was reportedly done on political basis, as legal.

اThe police officer was mysteriously transferred a few months ago after the verbal duel of Pakpattan police with Khawar Maneka while he was crossing a checkpoint in the city.

DPO Pakpattan allegedly transferred for not apologising to Khawar Maneka

Gondal was reportedly asked to clarify his position on the matter before a civilian, Ahsan Jamil Gujjer who had family terms with Bushra Imran. As soon as the media flashed the news about the ‘political transfer’, the top judge took notice of the incident.

A recent report submitted by National Counterterrorism Authority (Nacta) chief Maher Khaliq Dad Lak stated taht orders for the transfer of Gondal in the middle of the night came from the chief minister’s office.

Saudi, UAE Investment

The information minister also said that Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were keen to invest billions of dollars in various sectors of Pakistan.

Saudi Arabia was showing interest in energy and petroleum sectors, and Pakistan also needed economic support from other countries to achieve rapid progress, he stated while talking to a private news channel.

Saudi Arabia and the the UAE were ready to invest in Pakistan and the investors should come forward in the communication network, China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, besides other sectors, he added.
The federal minister hoped that other countries would also invest in Pakistan, owing to having conducive environment.

PAC Chairmanship

The PTI government wanted to have audits of the projects initiated by the PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif, and similarly, the Opposition could have audit of the projects to be completed by the PTI government, during its current tenure.

By-Polls

To a question about by-elections, he expressed the hope that PTI would clinch the by polls. “We have seen the partnership of PML-N and PPP in election before, so we do not care about it,” he added.

To another question about irregularities and demerit policy in the institutions, he lamented that a large number of jobs were given to people without merit and on political basis during the tenures of PPP and PML-N governments.

Action Against PML-N Leaders

He said Ishaq Dar had assets worth billions of rupees beyond his known sources of income and he was an absconder of the courts in different cases.

He was of the view that those involved in various court cases including Daniyal Aziz, Marvi Memon, Talal Chaudhry should be apprehended.

“We don’t know how much money is lying outside the country,“ Fawad said.