Former CCPO Lahore Omar Shoaib Sheikh, who has been embroiled in controversy during his short tenure as Lahore Police chief, has announced plans to launch a political party to bring social and institutional reforms.
Announcing the news on social media, he said, “If I am forced to retire from my job, I only want to form a political party like Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Lahore level”.
My party will focus on bureaucratic and police reforms and will be a ray of hope for the deviant youth, he said. The former CCPO stated that the members of the Young Patriots Party would wear Maoist hats and serve the people through social reforms.
“When they stay inside the system and don’t allow me to introduce reforms, I will do it from outside the system,” he wrote.
Omar Shoaib Sheikh was sacked for the second time because he was not promoted to the rank of Additional IG, and in compliance with departmental regulations it was recommend to forcibly retire an officer who is denied promotion twice in a row. When he was fired for the first time last year, the former CCPO approached the Supreme Court and spoke out against the decision in the media, calling it a biased move by members of the promotion board.
Omar Sheikh first came to light after assuming the post of Lahore CCPO last year. During his months of posting, he was the subject of much controversy. It was only after he took charge that a dispute arose between him and the current IG Shoaib Dastgir. According to reports, Dastgir had expressed reservations about working with Sheikh, prior to the government, when Omar Sheikh allegedly made ‘ridiculous’ remarks about him during an official meeting. Following which the IG was replaced and a large number of police officials signed a statement in support of Shoaib Dastgir.
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