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Resentment against police blockades.

Pakistan, July 4 -- In a timely move, the SP Cantonment, Tauseef Haider, has assured the enraged business community that its reservations over police blockades set up in the Cantonment area would be removed and with mutual consultations police can even consider changing the location of the present check-posts. Speaking in a joint meeting of the standing committees of traders' associations belonging to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Cantonment Board, the police officer promised that steps would be taken to improve the attitude of policemen deployed on check-posts, increase police patrolling in Cantonment and deploy lady police in various bazaars. There is no doubt about the fact that road blockades and makeshift check-posts have been set up in the interest of the general public and to prevent the entry of anti-social elements into City or Cantonment areas. However, the common observation is that before the setting up of road blockades, the militants used to operate from suburban Jamrud, Bara and Shamshatoo camps but after the establishment of roadside check-posts, the extremists have spread all over the place.

If Peshawar High Court were to record in camera the statements of local taxi-cab drivers and selected members of civil society, sensational disclosures would surface as to how members of the prime law enforcing agency cashed in on the militancy by emptying the pockets of unwary citizens travelling by taxi-cabs. In recent days, if anyone has been to the Cantonment, s/he may well have noticed how Saddar has been under virtual siege by busy bodies of police from Greens Hotel to Stadium Chowk. Those proceeding to PTCL's customers' service near Edwardes College to get duplicate copy of telephone bill have to answer strange questions at every road bend. This state of affairs has adversely affected the business of the Saddar traders. We hope that steps promised by the SP Cantonment will be put into practice at the earliest.

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Publication:The Statesman (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 4, 2010
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