Khattak inaugurates model police stations

Pakistan on 22 April 2014
Location : Peshawar, Pakistan | Source : The International News

Inaugurating three model police stations in the provincial capital, Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Mondaysaid the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led provincial government started the process of change from the police force that has seen improvements to a great extent during the last almost one year.

“Today the attitude of police has improved. We are not going to leave the process of change halfway but will continue it till the real change is brought about in the society,” he told reporters after inaugurating the Model Police Station project in Gulbahar.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nasir Khan Durrani, Secretary Home and Tribal Affairs Akhtar Ali Shah and Capital City Police Officer Ijaz Ahmad accompanied the chief minister.

“The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led coalition government after freeing the Police Department from political interference has proved that we have no personal or political designs like the former rulers. We are eager to provide a conducive environment to the people free from unrest, terrorism, corruption and other social evils,” said the chief minister who arrived at around 12:20pm despite the fact that guests were supposed to be at the venue at 11amand the chief guest was expected to reach at 11:30.

Three police stations in the city, Gulbahar, Faqirabad and University Town have been declared model police stations under a British-funded project Aitebar. It would also support three more model police stations in other districts of the province. A number of retired and serving police and army officers are working on key positions in the project.

Some infrastructural developments have been made in the model police stations by renovating the buildings, providing technology for investigation and installation of closed-circuit television cameras. A reception desk and one for the females have been established at the police stations. The cops, however, have been given no relief.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government had announced introducing shift system for the constables in every police station so that they could perform well.

Later the project was reduced only to the model police stations. However, no shift system has been started in any model police station. Other incentives promised to the cops in the model police station haven’t been given.

“Now the fate of the people will not be decided in hujras of influential people. Efficient police officers will provide them respect and protection and solve their problems” the chief minister added.

The chief minister said though the reform programme has been initiated with three model police stations in Peshawar soon all the police stations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would be converted into model police stations.

The chief minister said the basic needs of all police stations would be fulfilled and the cops would be equipped accordingly. “A complainant of any gender on entering a police station would be received by the concerned male or female police officer in a friendly manner,” he promised.

Speaking on the occasion, the IGP said that more police stations would be converted into model police stations. He added that more female cops would be recruited not only as constables but in all the ranks. He admitted that the project of the women police stations was not much successful but the female counters in regular police stations would be able to serve the women.

The IGP added that efforts were being made to ensure merit in every section of the Police Department to better serve the general public.

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