Pak Chief Justice directs IGPs to withdraw security for influential men

The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has directed police chiefs of all provinces to withdraw within 24 hours the security protocol provided to influential individuals not entitled to official security. Justice Nisar issued this directive to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Inspector General Police (IGP) Salahuddin Mehsud as well as IGPs of all other provinces through a notice during hearing of a case pertaining to the security provided to individuals in the K-P.

Earlier, the CJP also questioned the top police official of the province regarding the number of personnel deployed on personal security duties. “How many personnel and vehicles of the K-P police are engaged for the security of influential individuals?” the CJP asked Mehsud who appeared before the court. “A total of 3,000 personnel are currently posted as part of the security protocol for influential individuals in the K-P,” the IGP informed the top judge. The chief justice noted that people who have been blessed with everything in life should also be able to arrange for private security for themselves.

“Take back additional security from everyone by midnight,” the CJP instructed the IGP. The IGP informed the court that the police had already taken back police vehicles from 900 people in the province, who had been provided security earlier. During the day’s second hearing, the IGP told the court that he has issued notification and taken back all security protocols from the VIPs in the province. However, he told the bench that there are some important cases where there is a real security threat due to which he cannot withdraw security. “I don’t want to put anyone’s life in danger; you have the right to examine situation and decide to whom we can give such security,” the CJP told the IGP.