LAHORE - Despite the rhetoric of big guns of police department, not less than 2,500 to 3,000 police officers/officials of District Police are still being paid their salaries in third week of the month, it has been learnt. The main reason of delay in paying salaries was said to be red-tapism by cashiers, accounts and admin section of SP Headquarters, Accountant General (AG) Office and Capital City Police Office. The posting of Muneer Ahmed Zia Rao as SP Headquarters in place of Babar Bakht Qureshi, however, has declined the illegal activities of cashiers but some black sheep are still involved in such activities, a reliable source said. Muneer Ahmed Zia said that the data of 23,000 out of 26,000 police officers/officials of district police had been computerized and the list of the rest of officers/officials had been moved to the AG Office for further progress. He said that some 3,000 out of the 60,169 police officers at Lines were receiving salaries manually while the data of others had been computerized and they were receiving salaries through their bank accounts by AG Office. Replying to a query, Zia Rao said that sometimes the Headquarters had to face serious hurdles owing to the dismissal or removal of police officers from their service otherwise the performance was being expedited. AG Office pay role Department (District Police Branch) officer Mubarak, however, declined the allegations and maintained that AG Office had numerously requested Capital City Police Office (Admin Branch) to send the pay bill in time but to no avail. AG Office has been receiving delayed pay bills of 2,500 police officers since long but the situation has been improving for last couple of months, he added. Mubarak said that the salaries of some 25 to 30 senior gazetted police officers were being paid late but the permanent mechanism was being chalked out. Meanwhile, AG office (Punjab Police Branch) Assistant Accountant Mian Saeed said that the salaries of 700 to 800 Elite Force personnel were transferred this month in time. Earlier, these Elite personnel were also being deprived of timely payment of their salaries. CCPO SP Admin Ahmed Arsalan, however, did not bother to pay heed despite the repeated requests by this scribe. An SP Ranking police officer, requesting anonymity, said that red-tapism had become 'fruitful business now and none of the big guns of the aforesaid department bother to address the grievances of low-scaled officers. Replying to a query, he said that if senior officers once pledged to accomplish the determined task then there was no reason of presence of such grave situation.