LAHORE - The Punjab police have not been paying salaries to ex-servicemen for the past two months, The Nation has learnt. In December 2012, the Punjab police hired more than 3,000 retired army personnel for up to Rs21,000 per month. Now, 700 such personnel have been serving the department as a majority of them have quit mainly, because of, discriminatory attitude of the Punjab police.

“Although we were hired to guard VIPs and VVIPs, the cops forced us to escort public processions and rallies,” said an ex-army man working with the department.

“You are working with the Punjab police, not the army,” said the man quoting the cops as telling him when he raised his concerns. He said the authorities have sent packing man officials over minor issues. Another guard complained of ‘overtime’ without charges.

A Capital City Police Office official admitted that the ex-servicemen have been without salaries for the past two months.

However, he said a summary of renewal of 337 such guards was also sent to the CPO office, but no response was received.

The Accountant General Office was also blamed for the chaos. The official said a letter was also written to Punjab IGP Khan Baig over the issue but to no avail.

When contacted, SP (Headquarters) Maroof Wahla said: “Police always cooperated with ex-army men.” He said the contracts of some ex-servicemen were cancelled over their absence from duties.