ISLAMABAD: When SSP Arsala, a female officer of the capital police, saluted the daughter of Premier Nawaz Sharif outside the National Judicial Academy on Wednesday, little did she realise that a flex of her arm and flick of the wrist would land her in trouble.
A lawyer has sent a legal notice to SSP Arsala seeking an ‘explanation’ and an ‘apology’ within 15 days for saluting a person who does not hold any public or government office.
As Maryum Nawaz arrived at the academy to appear before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing into the offshore assets of her family, SSP Arsala was seen walking up, coming to attention and saluting the first daughter.
Later in the day lawyer Amna Ali sent a legal notice to SSP Arsala for the salute. “Please find the legal notice on behalf of taxpayers, citizens of Pakistan,” she wrote in the notice.
Amna Ali, who is reportedly affiliated with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, demanded that the SSP issue an apology in the national media along with an explanation for her action within 15 days.
Failure to do so, Ali warned, would incur legal proceedings and damages which she didn’t specify.
In the notice, Ali said that as a citizen, and a member of Islamabad Bar Association and Islamabad High Court Bar Association, she has personal and public reservations over the salute and asked under what authority SSP Arsala had undertaken the action for a person who does not hold any office and had been called by the JIT as an accused and that the action “created agony and mental shock to public at large”.
The lawyer has sought an explanation from the police officer especially being a civil servant who is serving as an SSP in the ICT police, fetching salary, allowances and other facilities from the tax payer money of the citizen of the country.
A copy of the notice has also been sent to the Islamabad police chief.