Former Punjab IG admits he was “unaware” of security plans made for Sri Lankan team

May 2nd, 2009 - 2:31 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, May 2 (ANI): The former inspector general of police (IGP) of Punjab province, Khawaja Khalid Farooq, has told an inquiry tribunal of the Lahore High Court (LHC) investigating the charges of dereliction of duty on part of the security officers during the attack on the Sri Lankan team, that he was unaware of the security plan made for the safety of the visiting team.

Farooq told the committee that he was unaware about the decisions which were taken by the home secretary in a meeting on January 16, as he was not appointed to the post until then and had took charge of the office on February 26.

He also admitted that he came to know about the comprehensive security plan only after the brazen attack had taken place on March 3, the Daily Times reports.

However, Farooq said that realizing the threat to the visiting team, he himself had issued directions to his subordinate officials to take appropriate measures for the safety and security of the players’.

The tribunal, consisting of Justice Shabbar Raza Rizvi, refused to buy Farooq’s claims saying it was incorrect and contradictory to his written and signed reply. (ANI)

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