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MPAs criticise own govt for hiring "criminals" as policemen

Pakistan on 26 June 2013
Location : Karachi, Pakistan | Source : The Express Tribune. Image Source: The Express Tribune

Karachi:  The Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) lawmakers criticised their own government for failing to control the law and order situation and allowing ‘criminals’ to be hired in the police department.

During the Sindh Assembly session on Tuesday afternoon – that started with Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani in the chair – PPP senior lawmaker Murad Ali Shah delivered a bold speech on the worsening law and order situation in the province. His speech came at a time when the rest of his party’s lawmakers were busy giving speeches appreciating their leadership and the chief minister on presenting an ‘exceptional’ budget.

                           

“There was a time when the police used to be appointed on merit by conducting proper interviews,” he said. “But now, criminals and even terrorists are being appointed in the police. In this situation, how can one assume that things will change?” Shah pointed out that people involved in criminal cases are not even concerned about government salaries and are willing to work without a pay. “They know how to earn money through other means.”

According to Shah, these black sheep have defamed the government which is busy appointing criminals instead of maintaining criminal records in the department. “This does not mean there is a shortage of competent people in Sindh,” he clarified. “Competent police officers are present in Sindh but they are not given a free hand to work.”

Shah also expressed his concern over the weakening education system in the province and said that incompetent teaching staff has caused great havoc to the education sector. “We should form a selection board comprising different stakeholders to appoint teachers following proper interviews,” he suggested.

His views were shared by Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) MPA Jamal Ahmed, who went on to say that the police were involved in extrajudicial killings and torture. “Please do not show us that you have allocated Rs48 billion for law and order,” he said. “Show us progress and what you have achieved.”

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