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Fulfil promise of Police reforms.

PAKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had come to power with the promise of bringing reforms in the institutions especially the police to provide relief to the masses and save them from the Thana culture.

Nonetheless, despite the passage of one year, police reforms appear to be a forgotten agenda of the government. During the last one week or so, at least five incidents of police excesses, deaths in custody or torture of citizens have reported in various cities of the province which have further tarnished the reputation of law enforcement agencies and increased the clamour for reforms. The answer to reining in an out of control police is not to clip their powers or wings but to replicate the KP reforms and improve on them. During the initial few months of the PTI government and following the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Punjab government had notified the setting up of a Police Reforms Commission under reputed Nasir Durrani, former IGP KP. However, within a week time, the Commission had become defunct when Durrani decided to quit as Chairman of the Commission in protest against the premature transfer of the then IGP Punjab Muhammad Tahir. Since then, one has not seen any effort to bring reforms and depoliticize the police department. The issue in fact lost the focus and was pushed to the back burner. We, therefore, will ask the PM to personally look into this matter of remodelling the police on the concept of functional specialization in the areas of investigation, intelligence, accountability, personnel management, education and training, finance and internal audit, criminal identification, information technology, legal affairs, etc. The focus should be on building such a force which is people friendly and equipped in such a manner that can fulfil its responsibilities of protecting the life and property of the people and ensure them early justice. Financial constraints should not be allowed to hinder this process but all resources should be provided to turn police into a truly modern force.

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Publication:Pakistan Observer (Islamabad, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 10, 2019
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