ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) dismissed a petition challenging the transfer of Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ghulam Mahmood Dogar on Wednesday.
Hearing the petition against the transfer of CCPO Dogar, the Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial stated that the Election Commission of Pakistan is a constitutional institution that will be safeguarded by the Supreme Court.
We are exercising restraint, but we will defend the Supreme Court, the CJP added while dismissing the petition against the transfer of CCPO Ghulam Mahmood Dogar.
Previously, the ECP’s lawyer stated that the election schedule was announced following the formation of the caretaker government and that it is the responsibility of the electoral body to ensure fair and transparent elections.
The CJP stated that Article 2018 grants the ECP the right of transfer and posting to ensure transparent elections. “It has been established that the caretaker government makes transfers and postings with the permission of the ECP.”
The chief justice also stated that the caretaker government should not be given “free rein” in terms of transfers and postings.
It is worth noting that the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) suspended the transfer order of former CCPO Lahore Ghulam Mehmood Dogar.
The decision was later challenged by Pakistan’s Election Commission.