Matter of scuffle between motorway police, army officers under investigation: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday clarified that the matter of a reported scuffle between officials of the National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) and some army officers was being investigated.

“The matter is being inquired. Law will take its course in disposing the case and justice will be done,” said an ISPR statement.

Earlier, a communiqué sent from the office of Inspector-General National Highways and Motorway Police to DIG Operations NH&MP narrated the entire series of events.

According to the document which is being widely shared on the internet, NH&MP patrolling officials had intercepted two cars on September 11, 2016 which were being driven recklessly. Instead of cooperating with the NH&MP officials, the drivers became “rash and flared up”. One of the drivers, later identified as an army officer, also pointed his pistol at motorway officers.

The document added that one of the drivers made a telephone call and subsequently 20-25 army personnel reached the spot. It further claimed that “on arrival at the scene, the army personnel assaulted the officers with butt and batons”.

“Later on, the army personnel forcibly took the police officers in their official vehicles to the Attock Fort along with NH&MP official vehicle and 3 SMGs,” reads the communiqué.

Motorway officials were reportedly detained at the fort for a “considerable time” and were released after intervention by senior army officers. Subsequently, they were brought to the district headquarter hospital for treatment and the writing of their medico-legal report, the document claimed.

The affected police officers filed a case under Sections 279, 186, 353, 506, 365, 342, 148 and 149 of Pakistan Panel Code at the Akora Khattak police station at district Nowshera, the document stated.

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