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Senior police officers unwilling to vacate official accommodation.

Byline: Mohammad Asghar

RAWALPINDI -- Although police officers are unwilling to vacate official accommodation, low-ranking personnel have responded positively to notices served to them by the city police officer (CPO) to vacate police accommodations since they have been posted out of the district.

The former Punjab police chief had directed the Rawalpindi regional police officer for details of the official accommodations available, occupied and required to accommodate newly posted police in Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum and Chakwal.

Sources said district police officers from all three districts have already sent their details to the Central Police Office in Lahore, but the Rawalpindi police have yet to send their report.

A senior police official told Dawn that most low-ranking officials, from constables to inspectors, had responded positively and were gradually vacating government accommodation. But officer-cadre personnel have not been responded to the inspector general of police's (IGP) directives or the notices issued by CPO Abbas Ahsan.

'One [deputy inspector general of police]-ranked officer has been saying that he will vacate police accommodation as soon as he comes to Rawalpindi but he has not turned up for several weeks,' the official said.

The former police chief had taken notice of the critical shortage of official accommodation facing low and high-ranking officials and officers, and directed divisional police chiefs across the province for details of the available and occupied accommodation as well as the shortage facing police in every district.

The police had sought details of accommodation in three categories, for officials from BPS-1 to 5, BPS-7 to 15 and BPS-17 and above.

The shortage of accommodation is due to officials and officers who have been posted out of the district and are serving in other areas but continue to occupy official residences in Rawalpindi.

Two officials of the superintendent of police (SP) rank recently posted to Rawalpindi have also been awaiting official residence has nothing is available for them thus far. One officer recently posted from another province was hopeful he would receive accommodation very soon.

No senior officer has vacated houses or apartments that could accommodate the new SPs.

According to the police, there are 190 police accommodations in Rawalpindi district for police officials and officers, but nothing was available for officer-cadre officials.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Apr 26, 2019
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