Saturday, November 6
Sharifs take lead in securing security
Out of 511 elite police force cops deputed for VVIPs and VIPs, 455 are on duty for providing security to the elitist politicians of all shades, and their families, whereas 33 costly EPH vehicles are plying on roads accompanying the present and past rulers and their kith and kin.
As per sources, this figure minuses other senior and junior cops from the police deputed at their residences – also meant for controlling law and order situation – while their number keeps on changing depending upon the ‘need for security’ and movement in any particular area. Secondly, figures of elite cops also fluctuate from time to time as per ‘requirement’ and ‘security threat’ to the ‘chosen’ heads and their families. Moreover, 2100 cops are ‘duty bound’ for standing on routes of President, Prime Minister and Chief Minister.
Documents available with The Nation depict that in one year, 900 Elite cops are picked up for training, and out of them only 500 to 600 qualify, whereas the expenditure on their training and equipments, that is, arms and ammunition, bullet-proof jackets, vehicles for the elite team, and other miscellaneous items, cost the exchequer Rs 350 million.
Across the province in all districts, and four police constabularies 5832 elite force men have been deployed. The provincial metropolis has the highest number of elite cops, that is, 962, but only 451 – including guys on leave – have been ‘spared’ for guarding sensitive buildings, political offices and protecting the masses, which means that 64 per cent are protecting the elite of this society.
Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and his immediate family have 171 cops and eight vehicles, which are the highest figures in comparison to the families of Premier Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and the Chaudharys, who are having 88 and 74 escorts respectively besides each has been provided with seven vehicles.
However, cumulatively the Sharif family has 238 cops and 16 EPH vehicles are its disposal. Besides the CM, Quaid PML-N ex-PM Nawaz Sharif has 54 cops and five vehicles, Shahbaz Sharif family 12 cops and one, MNA Hamza Shahbaz 24 and one, Salman Shahbaz seven and one, MNA Captain (r) Safdar six and one, Raiwind residence 64 and two, and CM’s residence of Gulberg has 30 elite cops and one vehicle.
Moreover, President PML Ch Shujaat Hussain, ex-CM Punjab Ch Pervaiz Elahi, MPA Ch Moonis Elahi and Ch Shafey Hussain have been provided 36, 22 and eight each respectively.
PML-N MNA from Faisalabad Sahibzada Fazal Kareem also stands out with 11 cops at his disposal.
PPP’s Governor Punjab Salman Taseer has 41 elite Jawans and two vehicles at his disposal for security. Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmed has ten cops and one vehicle for his security cover.
Senior Advisor to CM Sirdar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa and his son Sirdar Dost Muhammad Khan Khosa have been given 10 and 13 cops, one and two vehicles respectively.
Besides the politicians, state functionaries are also having cops’ security cover. 24 elite men for Chief Justice of Pakistan and his family, 15 for CJ Lahore High Court, 13 for chief cop Punjab Tariq Saleem Dogar, 1 for Secretaries Industries, 9 for Director General Intelligence Bureau and 11 have been provided to Chairman NATCA. 23 cops are deputed for VVIP security at four special branches in equal number of districts. Moreover, 53 cops and two vehicles have been provided at Army House picket Rawalpindi.
On the other hand, at the American Consulate General, with Dosti Bus and Chinese Engineers, respectively 32, 16 and 10 cops have been deputed.