Senior police officers threaten resignations over new ‘reforms’ – Pakistan

LAHORE: In response to the new "reforms," ​​Punjab senior police officers held a meeting at the Central Police Office on Wednesday night and threatened to resign.

Police officers categorically declared that they would prefer to leave their services instead of allowing the bureaucracy to take over the police department.

The video link conference was convened by the retired IGP captain, Arif Nawaz Khan, after he feared the "revolt" in the department. Prime Minister Imran Khan has given approval to the departments of origin to "take control of the police" in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad. Under the new system, the main functions of the police would be performed by the deputy commissioners (DC) who have been granted judicial powers of 22A and 22B in addition to the authority of inspections of police stations that were previously of exclusive discretion. from the police.

Lahore Capital City Police Officer B.A. Nasir, regional police officers (RPO), district police officers (DPO), city police officers (CPO) and others attended the meeting. They unanimously rejected the new scheme that, they said, was an attempt by the Pakistan Administrative Services to put the police under their control.

An official told Dawn that participants decided to discuss the matter with Prime Minister Usman Buzdar and parliamentarians to highlight their reservations. High-ranking police authorized the IGP to meet with the prime minister and learn about their concerns. They also decided to present a "de facto situation" regarding the "failure" of deputy commissioners on many fronts.

He said many senior police officers announced that they would resign if the plan materialized in letter and spirit.

As soon as the IGP shared the draft scheme with the participants, Gujranwala RPO Tariq Abbas Qureshi was the first to file an objection and announced that he would submit his resignation. Sahiwal RPO Hamayun Bashir Tarrar, Sargodha RPO Afzaal Kausar and some OPDs supported his view, the official said.

He said that the RPO Multan Wasim Sial and another RPO, Imran Mahmood, however, differed in the option of resignation and asked the top management of the police to fight the case by trusting the chief minister.

CCPO B. Lahore A. A. Nasir suggested that senior police officers should involve the Punjab cabinet and the media to highlight the facts. He said the police department should also bring alternative reforms and discuss them with decision makers.

Faisal Rana, the CPO Rawalpindi, said there was no precedence of such police reforms. He noted that Rangers, FC and other law enforcement agencies were constantly deployed in Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar to help police control the situation of law and order and terrorism.

Punjab police, he said, was the only one who had successfully resolved such problems at his level.

In the opinion of a DPO, the official said, the introduction of police reforms smelled of conspiracy when other departments, including health and education, were at their worst. Some police officers said, he said, that the KP model of reforms introduced through former IGP Nasir Durrani was the best.

Punjab police should seek to be repeated with some necessary amendments, he said.

Meanwhile, Punjab law minister Raja Basharat held a meeting with the IGP and other senior police officers who informed him of his concerns. The law minister assured the IGP and other high-ranking police officers that he would play his part in addressing his legitimate demands by addressing them with the prime minister.

Posted on Dawn, September 27, 2019



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