On Sunday, tensions between Punjab and federal governments increased over the issue of Ghulam Mehmood Dogar, the Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO), who had been suspended.
The CCPO is “at the disposal of the provincial government” since he is working in Punjab, according to Omar Sarfraz Cheema, the chief minister of Punjab’s advisor on home affairs, and the provincial government will not suspend Dogar at “the whims of the federal government.”
Cheema went on to say that placing a provincial government official on administrative leave at the federal government’s disposal led to “undermining the authority of the provincial government” and was thus “inappropriate.”
He said that, as far as he knew, the Lahore CCPO will file a case against the federal government’s aforementioned order on Monday.
The minister said that the Punjab government will abide by the court’s orders. He said, “The court’s orders will be carried out in letter and spirit.
After the Punjab cabinet attempted to dismiss Inspector General Faisal Shahkar, the federal government had earlier issued orders suspending the Lahore CCPO.
The Punjab government wanted to transfer IG Shahkar, while the federal government wanted to retain him in place as political tension between PTI and PDM mounted.
In Dogar’s case, the centre was using its powers to remove him from his position, while the provincial government was vehemently opposing it.
The Establishment Division notified the general public on Saturday that Additional IG Ghulam Mehmood Dogar (BPS-21) had been suspended.
The federal government is said to have been irate with the CCPO for the filing of an FIR under blasphemy charges at Green Town police station against a federal minister and certain PML-N officials. Orders for the CCPO’s transfer had reportedly been issued on September 20.
But the Punjab government had refused to surrender his services.