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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police launch website

Pakistan on 29 July 2013
Location : Khyber Pakhtunkwa, Pakistan | Source : Central Asia Online

PESHAWAR – A new Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police website will be another tool to help the police and public fight crime, officials say.

"The website (www.kppolice.gov.pk) has been launched not only to highlight the achievements of the force but also to provide relevant information to the general public," said KP Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ihsan Ghani, who officially unveiled the site June 10 at the Central Police Office in Peshawar. "Besides improving policing, the website will put an effective halt to corruption in the force."

"The KP Police are playing a pivotal role in the war against terrorism," Ghani said in his message on the website. "Whether it is Swat, which has witnessed the brutal onslaught of militants, or Peshawar, which is frequently hit with ruthless explosions and suicide attacks, the KP Police always have risen to the occasion and have fought courageously to eradicate the menace of militancy."

Improved community relations
Citizens wishing to file a First Information Report (FIR) now will be able to do so online, he said. Previously they had to visit a police station in person.

Individuals will receive tracking numbers for their complaints, allowing them to monitor progress on their filings. The change is meant to make it difficult for police to turn down public complaints and it should improve police response times and investigation capabilities, Ghani said.

"The website will provide the required information to the readers and will also share useful data for the use of the general public," KP Police spokesman Riaz Ahmad said.

Information on wanted criminals will be placed on the website and continually updated, he said. For example, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud and the TTP's recently sacked spokesman, Ihsanullah Ihsan, are currently listed as two of the most wanted men.

The website has links to educate readers about traffic rules and how to avoid robbery or car theft. It also contains helpful links and allows readers to make suggestions for improvements in policing, he said.

"The public should make best use of the police website so that the dream of a prosperous and developed society could become reality through the best policing," Ghani said.

Keeping a history of KP
The site is expected be a good information and public relations tool.

"The entire world is interested in the events taking place in KP, especially in terrorism-related cases," Imran Bukhari, the general secretary of the Crime and Terrorism Journalists Forum in Peshawar, said. "The website was direly needed so it can provide official statistics and other relevant information about the war against terrorists and other important events in KP."

It will also allow the KP police force to memorialise personnel who have died in the war against militants, he said.

"Heroes like Safwat Ghayyur, Malik Saad, Abid Ali, Iqbal Marwat and others need to be recognised for their contributions by the public and by the KP Police," Bukhari said of past security force officers killed by terrorists, noting that their pictures appear on the website.

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