Unceremonious Ouster of a Committed Officer

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz had a dream of banishing VIP culture from the country. It is genuinely apprehended that the dream may not be fulfilled after the dynamic commander of Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) Sultan Azam Temuri (SSP) was sacked by the police chief the other day.
Last year, while inaugurating the newly established Islamabad Traffic Police the Prime Minister expressed his desire to cleanse the country of VIP Culture.
“No one will be above the law and the wrongdoers, even ministers’ bureaucrats, diplomats or other authorities should be issued tickets.”
The Prime Minister urged the ITP personnel to perform their duties as the custodians of law and act with “zero tolerance” to any violation of law.

The task was given to SP Sultan Azam Temuri under the overall command of Inspector General of Islamabad Police. The officer was later promoted as SSP.
The man was so committed to his duty to attain the objective of implementing the rule of law equally to all that he himself got a ticket from his subordinates for violating traffic rules.
But the pressure started building soon after initiating “War against VIP Culture” from the mighty bureaucracy who was opposing the campaign of ITP to retain their supremacy in society.
During the first year of its drive, the ITP booked 1,113 very important personalities by imposing fines for violating traffic rules. The included 75 ministers – 61 Federal and 14 Provincial – as well as 276 Diplomats including 29 Ambassadors of different countries and 350 Officers of Armed Forces – 286 belonging to Army, 24 of Navy and 40 from Air Force.
Thirty-Eight Police officers including and SP of ITP, were issued tickets while 106 Senior Government Officers, seven Celebrities, 7 Nazim, 66 MNAs, 23 Senators, 19 Member of Provincial Assemblies, 26 Federal Secretaries, 11 Deputy Secretaries, 11 Joint Secretaries, 8 Advisors to the Prime Minister, 2 Advisors to the Chief Minister, 7 Judges and 6 Journalists were also checked and issued tickets.
A sum of Rs. 99.3513 Million was realized as fine from 364,312 violators as compared with Rs. 21. 1336 Million from 88,836 violators in 2005. Due to strict checking of over speeding on major roads of the Capital the ITP succeeded in diminishing the ratio of fatal accidents by 31.65%.
For the first time in the history of Pakistan, Night Vision Cameras (NVC) were being installed in various roads of Islamabad to check over speeding 40 NVCs started functioning in 2006.
Setting up of a Help-line “915” was one of the most significant achievements of the ITP to provide facilities to the road user on “one call distance”.
The other vital attainment of the ITP was setting a “mobile workshop” and “help unit” for providing mechanical assistance to the road users on the spot.
In 2007, the ITP under the command of SSP hunted scores of VIPs and VVIPs so much so that the SSP himself was checked and ITP issued him a ticket on violating rules when he was on duty.
Regarding future plans, it was revealed that ITP was working for the achievement of “Mobile Weighing Station” to check overloading on highways and especially on Kashmir and Islamabad Highways.
To acquaint the masses with traffic laws and regulations, the ITP was going to start FM Radio Station to educate the traffic laws which were also to be included in the syllabi at secondary and intermediate level.
But he was not rewarded for his commitment to duty and for playing a dynamic role to strengthen a “bribe free system”. The boss kicked him out to save his office.


7 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on May 28th, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

    welcome back to Life :>

  2. jahnanara (unregistered) on May 29th, 2007 @ 4:57 am

    Did u expect better from a toadie? Shaukat Aziz is part of the problem, not part of the solution.

  3. HASSAN' (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 12:01 am

    Thats what Pakistan is!!!!

  4. original-faisal (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 7:02 am

    Allow me to add to what Hassan wrote…
    “that’s what Pakistan is…..”

    A special country for special people.
    How truly and utterly sad…

  5. JK (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2007 @ 12:32 am

    Why was he sacked?

  6. Neena (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2007 @ 6:19 pm


    In above comment I submitted the wrong link, I meant to ask what govt’s stand on Condi and PM saga


    PS. Please delte above comment.

  7. Paidagir (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 11:52 am

    @JK … he was sacked because he was following the rules not the rulers.

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