HAFIZABAD - Due to ever-increasing incidences of dacoity, robbery, cattle-lifting particularly kidnapping for ransom during the first quarter of 2012, three District Police Officers were transferred but they failed to arrest crimes in the district. Resultantly trading community and elected representatives protested and appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who very kindly posted a young and energetic DPO Muhammad Waqas Nazir, who was found very sincere, dedicated, fighter and dutiful officer as well as people-friendly.

Under tough environments, the DPO had set an example of impartiality, which is rare in the Police Department in the present social set-up. He not only controlled dacoity, cattle-lifting and kidnapping for ransom but also won the hearts of the common man as he adopted open door policy during his about three month's tenure. However, some politicians wanted to exert their influence to favour them out of the way and they used their political influence and got him also transferred about three weeks back, which caused disappointment among the trading community and law-abiding citizens.

According to insiders, Muhammad Waqas Nazir has been got transferred by some PML-N representatives in anticipation of the forthcoming general elections and get another favourable DPO so that they can manipulate the elections results. It is pertinent to mention here that since his transfer no one has been post so far and the Gujranwala SP (Investigations) has been given additional charge of the Hafizabad DPO.

Local law-abiding citizens particularly trading community and the common man have appealed to the Chief Minister to re-post Muhammad Waqas Nazir without any further delay.

They were of the view that if the Police was supposed to protect life and honour of the public, DPO Waqas Nazir did this job outstandingly and if the police meant to manipulate politics the government must revisit this strategy. They urged the Punjab CM to take stock of the situation and did not let the criminal against rein the district.