1 DSPs upset over promotion criteria.
Byline: Asif Chaudhry
LAHORE -- Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has promoted 26 deputy superintendents of police (DSPs) to the rank of superintendents of police (SP).
Of them, 16 police officers have been promoted on a regular basis and 1 on officiating basis, according to the official documents, a copy available with Dawn.
Most of those who have got promoted on an officiating basis are currently working either as SPs or holding other major assignments, an official privy to the information said. These 1 police officers had already been promoted to the rank of SP but the department had included them in the list of those who had got 'out-of-turn-promotions', he added.
The police department had sent a summary of the ranker police officers to the chief minister through the chief secretary for final consideration a week back.
Of the promoted officers, those working in the provincial capital included Imran Karamat (SDPO Sabzazar), Naveed Irshad (SDPO Shahdara), Mustansar Ata Bajwa (monitoring dept at Central Police Office), Syed Asad Sarfraz (CPO), Aftab Phularwan (Anti-Vehicle Lifting Squad) and Safdar Raza Kazmi (SDPO Civil Lines).
The official said the cases of a total of 17 DSPs of general executive branch from across the province were presented in the departmental promotion board meeting for consideration. The meeting held on Dec 21 had rejected the cases of 83 other police officers due to certain reasons. The prime reasons among others were the incomplete annual confidential reports (ACRs), the reports of the sensitive agencies about their bad repute or performance and the major punishments.
The official said 1 DSPs got upset when they came to know that the department had reconsidered their cases for promotion as SPs on officiating basis.
Talking to Dawn, one of these officers complained that the top police hierarchy had never been in favour of the ranker police officers when they reached to the time of getting PSP cadre.
Talking about previous practice, he said a majority of the ranker police officers would retire as the DSPs one-step before getting PSP cadre due to the discriminatory policy of the police department towards their promotion matters.
On the other hand, the official source said, the department decided to reconsider their cases (1 DSPs) in next board meeting about six months later to promote them on a regular basis. He said that a notification of the 24 newly-promoted SPs was likely to be issued in coming days.
The Punjab government had promoted 15 DSPs last year to the next rank on the recommendations of the police department.