Pakistan: Govt removes G-B police chief after claims of ‘assault’ on Punjab Police

POK - Pakistan Occupied Kashmir

The federal government on Wednesday removed Inspector General (IG) Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) Mohammad Saeed Wazir from his post following allegations that a G-B “force” was employed to attack Punjab police personnel at former prime minister Imran Khan’s residence in Lahore’s Zaman Park.

The development comes as clashes between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers and law enforcement agencies intensified for the second day, as the Punjab police tried to arrest Imran after an Islamabad sessions court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the PTI chairman.

According to a notification, Mohammad Saeed has been directed to report to the Establishment Division, while Grade-20 police officer Dar Ali Khattak from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province has been appointed as the new IG of Gilgit-Baltistan police.

Earlier in the day, Federal Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb alleged that a Gilgit-Baltistan “force” was being employed to attack Punjab police.

She claimed that Imran wanted “anarchy and chaos across the country”, adding that the incumbent government had nothing to do with his arrest.

She furthered that if the government wanted to arrest him, they had state powers in place, as well as the “same powers Imran used to jail his political opponents”