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Reference held to honour Wajahat Latif, Zulfiqar Qureshi

By Our Correspondent
May 17, 2024
A picture from the reference ceremony held by AFIGP at NPB on May 13, 2024.— X@KaleemImaam
A picture from the reference ceremony held by AFIGP at NPB on May 13, 2024.— X@KaleemImaam

Islamabad: The Association of Former Inspector-Generals of Police (AFIGP) in collaboration with the National Police Bureau (NPB) arranged a reference on Thursday to bestow honour and respects to two former distinguished Inspector-Generals of Police, IGP Wajahat Latif and IGP Zulfiqar Qureshi.

The reference was held at the NPB Auditorium and was attended by a distinguished gathering including a number former IGPs and family members. Afzal Ali Shigri, President of the AFIGP chaired the ‘Reference’. Both the former IGPs died one after the other in January 2024 with Zulfiqar Qureshi passing away on January 5, 2024 at the age of around 87 and Wajahat Latif breathing his last on January 10, who was on batch junior to Zulfiqar Qureshi in service.

The ceremony was a poignant reminder of the legacy left behind by these officers, with participants sharing memories of the times spent together in various positions during their careers in Pakistan Police and paying rich tributes to the two former colleagues. The event underscored the importance of honouring those who have dedicated their lives to public service and the need to recognize their sacrifices they offered. Afzal Ali Shigri, President AFIGP in his address, highlighted the invaluable contributions of Wajahat Latif and Zulfiqar Qureshi to the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP). He reflected on their exemplary careers and the indelible impact they had on law enforcement and community safety.

Shigri also paid tribute to the vanishing generation of ‘Sardah-trained Officers’, whose dedication and service have been pillars of strength for the police force. The two officers, while have set numerous examples during their service also remained available to all whenever anybody from the Force approached them for guidance. Another highlight of the event was the presence of Samia Raoof Ali, daughter of Sahibzada Raoof, who shared her cherished moments and joy with the late officers, reflecting on the personal bond her family shared with them.

The NPB Auditorium was full of too many too close to the late Officers and almost everyone had something to share from the service or personal experiences and interactions. Prominent among the present were Muhammad Tahir, Abdul Qadir Haye, M. Aziz Khan, Parvez Ahmad Butt, M. Khalid Qureshi, Shahid Nadeem Baloch, C.K. Chachar, Dr. Syed Kaleem Imam, Ammar Ali Qureshi, Col. Karrar Ali Qureshi, Afzal Ali Shigri, Dr. Shoaib Suddle, Ehsan Sadiq, Samia Raoof Ali, Ishaque Jahangir, Dr. Mujeeb ur Rehman Khan, Tariq Khan Khilji, Saud Gohar, Anum Sher, Zainab Ayub, Aziz ur Rehman, Helena Iqbal Saeed, Sultan Azam Temuri and others. The gathering positively was both a celebration of the lives of Wajahat Latif and Zulfiqar Qureshi and an affirmation of the values they upheld – commitment, integrity, and service to the nation.