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SC orders not to withdraw security of individuals facing threats

SC orders not to withdraw security of individuals facing threats
April 23, 2018
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Supreme Court on Monday ordered not to withdraw security for those individuals who have been facing threats. While heading a two-judge bench hearing the suo moto case against provision of additional security to VIPs, CJP remarked that he didn’t want to put anyone’s life in danger and ordered to provide security to former prime minister Nawaz Sharif as per laws. He said it is for the law enforcement agencies to determine whether a person needs security personnel or not. Justice Saqib Nisar further ordered all the provincial governments to devise a formula in this regard. Earlier, the CJP had directed inspector-generals of Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, and Islamabad to take back security protocols from people who don't have privilege. The chief justice had set a deadline of 24 hours for the inspector generals to implement the directives. Following the CJP’s orders, thousands of officials deployed on the security of individuals without entitlement were withdrawn.In Punjab, security of 1,853 personalities was withdrawn, calling back 4,610 officials. On Saturday, Punjab IGP Capt (r) Arif Nawaz revealed in a report submitted in SC’s Lahore registry that a total of 4,610 police guards had been withdrawn from non-entitled persons. They include: 297 policemen withdrawn from the security of politicians; 527 withdrawn from civil administrative officers and police officers; 469 withdrawn from judges of lower courts; 54 officials withdrawn from security of media persons and 23 policemen withdrawn from the security of lawyers.