After resignation threats by police high-ups, Law minister assures concerns to be addressed

  • Inspection reports of overall police performance and complaints could not be heard by someone from within the department of police given the biases towards the force; Law Minister.
  • The external oversight and complaint mechanism would enable police to learn from their mistakes, he said.
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Anger, call for revolt and agitation witnessed among the high ups of police since the news spread about the civil bureaucracy taking over the police control. The officials openly reacted and stated that they would prefer to leave the police force rather than allowing the civil bureaucracy to take over the department.

Police reforms have largely been the moot point of discussion since the emergence of various cases highlighting the high-handedness of police officials and the unprofessional attitude towards the accused and their families. Worst incidents of torture and pre-detention trial by police also came to the fore inviting the public anger at large.

Given the concerns of the police force, the Law Minister for Punjab Basharat Raja called upon a meeting of both police and civil bureaucracy where the police high ups were asked to present their stated concerns and were also asked to highlight them from within the draft of the proposed reforms.

The minister said, reported by Express Tribune, that it was beyond confirmation as something like bureaucracy taking par at police did not even exist, adding that the concerns of police mainly regarding Independent External Inspectorates and Police Complaint Authority were heard at length.

The Law Minister also said that inspection reports of overall police performance and complaints could not be heard by someone from within the department of police given the biases towards the force. Similar is the case for inspections in the police force, he added.

The types of cases that invited public anger in Punjab were either of high-handedness or irresponsible behavior necessitating the proposed reforms. He also said that police for quite some time have been blaming the shortages of funds for all the wrongs which was baseless and just a scapegoat to hide the incompetence.

The minister also highlighted that the external oversight and some complaint mechanism would enable police to learn from their mistakes. He also confirmed that the reforms would not be materialized until the concerns of Punjab Police be addressed citing that much of the concerns of the police were ill-founded.

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Additional Inspector General of Police Inam Ghani said that the concerns raised by the IG Police were regarding CM Usman Buzdar who’s not being taken on board during the preparation of police reforms draft.

He also mentioned that they were very grateful to the Punjab Government for the prompt response to police concerns. Additional IG also said that much of the police concerns came out of the confusion and uncertainty since the draft of proposed reforms was not shared with the police.

What reforms do you suggest to be on agenda for making the police highly responsive and efficient? Share your suggestions in the comment section below

  • They need to be taught not to be influenced by the elite. Justice should be equal for all. FIR should be filed against all accused no matter how influential they are. They should be taught to protect and serve the public and not bully or disrespect them without the court’s verdict.

  • Khan sb, We are still waiting for you to do something about police. it was your campaign promise. Don’t make us wait too long


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