ISLAMABAD - The unpleasant scuffle between two army officers and officials of Motorway Police took a new turn yesterday with military saying the matter is being probed and justice will be done while the IG motorways also ordered departmental investigation against his officials involved in the case.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday, the matter of a reported scuffle between officials of the National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) and some army officers was being investigated.

“The matter is being inquired. Law will take its course in disposing the case and justice will be done,” said the ISPR statement.

Earlier, a communiqué sent from the office of Inspector-General National Highways and Motorway Police to DIG Operations NH&MP narrated the entire series of events.

According to the document which is being widely shared on the internet, NH&MP patrolling officials had intercepted two cars on September 10, 2016 which were being driven recklessly. Instead of cooperating with the NH&MP officials, the drivers became “rash and flared up”. One of the drivers, later identified as an army officer, also pointed his pistol at the Motorway officers.

The document added that one of the drivers made a telephone call and subsequently 20-25 army personnel reached the spot. It further claimed that “on arrival at the scene, the army personnel assaulted the officers with butt and batons”.

“Later, the army personnel forcibly took the police officers in their official vehicles to the Attock Fort along with NH&MP official vehicle and 3 SMGs,” reads the communiqué.

The Motorway officials were reportedly detained at the fort for a “considerable time” and were released after intervention by senior army officers. Subsequently, they were brought to the district headquarters hospital for treatment and the writing of their medico-legal report, the document claimed.

The affected police officers filed a case under Sections 279, 186, 353, 506, 365, 342, 148 and 149 of Pakistan Panel Code at the Akora Khattak police station at district Nowshera, the document stated.

Meanwhile, security sources informed The Nation that the two Army officers who have been accused for the untoward incident are being grilled. The incident, they said, caused damage to reputation of the Armed Forces of Pakistan.

Separately, the IGP Motorway has also ordered official inquiry to ascertain facts about the conduct of the motorway police officials on duty.