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New purported audio of PTI's Yasmin Rashid, Lahore CCPO Ghulam Dogar surfaces

News of audio leak comes day after SC reinstated Ghulam Dogar as CCPO

By Web Desk
February 18, 2023
PTI leader Yasmin Rashid (left) and Lahore CCPO Ghulam Mahmood Dogar.
PTI leader Yasmin Rashid (left) and Lahore CCPO Ghulam Mahmood Dogar.

A fresh audio purported featuring Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Yasmin Rashid and Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ghulam Mahmood Dogar has surfaced, Geo News reported Saturday afternoon.

News of the audio leak comes a day after the Supreme Court reinstated Ghulam Mahmood Dogar as the CCPO after suspending his transfer order made by the caretaker setup.

In the audio leak, a voice of a woman, believed to Rashid, asks the second voice of a male, believed to be Dogar, how he is and if he is doing okay. The man responds that he is well. 

The woman then asks if there was any "good news" and if the "order" had been placed, to which Dogar responds that the orders had not been received yet.

She responds that she is only asking to find out what "their intention is". Making an apparent reference to PTI Chairman Imran Khan, she says he is "concerned" about Dogar's reinstatement.

The man assures the woman that he had his man [sitting] at the apex court.

In an apparent reference to the government's plans to arrest Imran Khan, the PTI leader asked Dogar whether the night would "be calm”. 

Drama around Dogar's suspension

On November 5 last year, the federal government had suspended Lahore CCPO Dogar after an angry mob of PTI supporters staged a protest outside Governor House in Lahore against the assassination attempt on the party's chairman, Imran Khan.

Dogar was said to be suspended over his alleged failure in providing foolproof security to Governor House during the PTI’s protests and politicising the police department.

Despite the suspension by the federation, Dogar did not leave charge of the post and had challenged his suspension in the Lahore High Court (LHC). He had also moved the Federal Service Tribunal (FST) against his suspension.

On November 8 last year, the LHC had dismissed Dogar's plea, saying it does not have the authority to hear the case. Meanwhile, on November 10 last year, the tribunal comprising Asim Akram and Mushtaq Jadoon had suspended the federal government’s November 5 notification in a two-page written verdict.

Approving Dogar’s appeal against the federal government's decision, the tribunal had declared his suspension against the law and contrary to the verdicts of the top court.

Later, on December 2 last year, a FST bench had ordered to remove the CCPO, rejecting the single-bench order of reinstating Dogar which was then challenged by the cop in the apex court, which reinstated him.

Last month, on January 23, after the establishment of the caretaker government in Punjab, the transfer order of Dogar was issued once again. The government replaced Dogar with Additional IG Bilal Siddique Kamyana as the Lahore CCPO.