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Empowerment of Police Crucial for Rule of Law: Parliamentarians

Pakistan on 17 December 2015
Location : Pakistan | Source : Pakistan Observer

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - Islamabad—At the second meeting of first ever multi-party Parliamentary Caucus on Rule of Law (PCRoL), convened by Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo, parliamentarians from both the Senate called for empowerment of police force in order ensure rule of law in the country.

Dr Shoaib Suddle, former IGP Sindh and Muhammad Ali Nekokara, former Senior Superintendent of Police who had to bear the burnt of rulers for not restoring to power against Dharna protesters of last year highlighted challenges in effective policing and put forward recommendations for police reforms.

Judged from the UN standards of 1 policeman against 450 citizens, in Pakistan police-people ratio is unsatisfactory, the experts said. In Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi there is one police officer for every 337, 625 and 880 citizens respectively.

Pakistan being the 6th most populous country in the world is to be ranked on a dismal 98th position out of a total of 102 countries in the world on the World Justice Project Report on Rule of Law Index 2015, noted they. The situation seems all the more depressing when we see India at 59th position. These rankings reflect the dilapidated state of Rule of Law in Pakistan, specifically with respect to gaps in policy and legal reforms.

Senator Bizenjo underscored the need of a joint effort of like-minded Parliamentarians across party lines, which is crucial in addressing this issue to strengthen effective reform and implementation of laws in Pakistan. Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari (NA-173, Dera Ghazi Khan-III, Punjab, PML-N), presented proposed rules of business for smooth functioning of the Caucus, which were adopted unanimously by all Caucus members present at the occasion.

Among other present were Romina Khurshid Alam (NA-295, Women Punjab – XXIII, PML-N), Ms. Shaista Pervaiz (NA-278, Woman Punjab-VI, PML-N), Senator Taj Haider (Sindh), Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar (Balochistan), Dr. Shezra Mansab Ali Khan Kharal NA-137 (Nankana Sahib-III (Old Sheikhupra-VII, Punjab, PML-N), Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah (NA-214, Old Nawabshah-II, Sindh, PPPP), Dr. Arif Ur Rehman Alvi (NA-250 Karachi-XII, Sindh, PTI), Senator Lt. General (Retd.) Abdul Qayyum (Punjab), Mr. Shafqat Mehmood (NA-126, Lahore-IX, Punjab, PTI), Mr. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar (NA-203, Shikarpur-Cum-Sukkur (Old Shikarpur-II), Sindh, PML-F), Senator Jehanzeb Jamaldini (Balochistan), Dr. Fouzia Hameed (MNA, Sindh, MQM) and Senator Sardar Muhammad Azam Khan Musakhel (Balochistan). The Caucus is supported by PILDAT under its initiative to strengthen the Rule of Law in Pakistan.

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