Following the directives of Punjab IGP Aftab Sultan, the police department is all set to finalise a policy about the seniority of 3003 police officers to resolve the issue of their promotions, pending for the last 30 years. The initiative would not only help boost the moral of the police force but also the promotion cases of 52 SPs, 415 DSPs, and 2536 Inspectors would be decided, officials said on Monday.

A police spokesperson said that Punjab IGP constituted a committee headed by Additional-IG Muhammad Saleem Bhatti on April30, 2013 in this regard. DIG (Headquarters) Muhammad Amlish, DIG (Establishment) Amjad Javed Saleemi, DIG (Training) Tariq Masood Yasin and AIG (Legal) Chaudhry Muhammad Shafique Gujjar are the members of the committee.

This committee prepared a seniority list (not final) on May 10 and the concerned officers are given 15 days time period for the submission of their objections to the list.  Another committee headed by DIG (Establishment) Amjad Javed Saleemi and comprising DIG (R&D) Salman Chaudhry, AIG (Legal) Chaudhry Muhammad Shafique Gujjar and Registrar CPO Rana Muhammad Ajmal has also been working separately to remove or adjust objections in the list so that a final seniority list could be prepared for the promotions of the officers.

It may be recalled that the matter of promotion of police officers had been pending for the last 30 years because of various complications. In 2005, the first seniority list had been prepared in which the police inspectors who were confirmed till 1991 were included.

The officers directly inducted in the department as Inspectors in 1993 and 1995 had challenged the list in the Punjab Service Tribunal. The list was later quashed in 2006. Another list was prepared that was challenged by some of the inspectors in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The Court however, had restored the decision of Punjab Service Tribunal. In 2008, a new seniority list had been prepared in the light of the directions of the Supreme Court and the Punjab Service Tribunal. On the basis of this list, 187 inspectors had been promoted to the rank of DSP in 2009 and 2010.

Later, the officers directly recruited as Inspectors in 1998 challenged this seniority list in Lahore High Court Multan Bench. As a result, the court ordered the department to prepare afresh list as per the service rules and regulations. In 2010, the Supreme Court of Pakistan while hearing a suo moto case directed the authorities to sort out the seniority list issue as per the law and rules. Meanwhile, the Punjab Service Tribunal listened to the appeals of the concerned police officers and directed that the seniority list should be released after corrections in the light of the orders of the court.

In 2012, another seniority list was prepared and as many as 400 police inspectors objected to that list. The list was later challenged in the Lahore High Court. The court ordered that the appeals of the police officers should be decided individually after proper hearing.

Recruitment postponed

The recruitment of Constables and Lady Constables scheduled for May 2013 in the Punjab police department are postponed till further orders, a police spokesperson said Monday.

The Punjab police department has postponed all the recruitments on administrative grounds.

The Regional Police Officers (RPOs) and DPOs are informed to this effect, said the statement.