Implementation status of PRC Report and its overall impact on policing reviewed
ISLAMABAD Nov 12,2021
The Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed in his opening remarks in the meeting of the Police Reforms Committee (PRC) has expressed concern on the deteriorating law and order situation and increasing crime rate and emphasized the need of adopting proactive approach for prevention and detection of crimes.
The meeting of the PRC was held in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday, under the Chairmanship of Chief Justice of Pakistan to review the implementation status of PRC Report and its overall impact on policing across the country.
Chief Justice of Pakistan said that the high rate of acquittal, poor investigation, non-usage of modern technology, lack of professional skills and non-responsive attitude of police towards public are key factors adversely affecting the overall performance of the criminal justice system.
CJP opined that motivation which is foremost inspiring factor is not coming in mainstream. The recommendations of Police Reforms Committee should be implemented in effective manner to achieve the required results.
The Recommendations should not be taken as academic discussion but need to be implemented on the ground to improve the service delivery of the police. Progress should be reflected in each and every district of the country. For improving the standards and quality of policing, efforts should be made for capacity building of all Police Officers/Officials and Prosecutors through special and regular trainings.
The meeting was attended by the le Mr. Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Senior Puisne Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan, serving IsGP from all four provinces, GB, AJ&K and former Inspectors General of Police Afzal Ali Shigri, (Convener), Dr. Shoaib Suddle, Tariq Khosa, Fiaz Toru, Wajid Zia, Director General of National Police Bureau, Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, Secretary Ministry of Interior, Raja Naeem Akbar, Secretary Ministry of Law and Justice, Hamed Yaqoob Sheikh, Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives, Zafar Nasrullah Khan, Home Secretary Punjab, Qazi Shahid Pervez, Home Secretary Sindh,. Ikramullah Khan, Secretary Home & Tribal Affairs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Arshad Majeed, Home Secretary Balochistan. The meeting reviewed the implementation status of PRC Report and discussed draft strategy and action plan to implement the recommendations of PRC.
Chief Justice of Pakistan asked respective IsGP to explain the initiatives taken in their provinces for improving quality of service, internal accountability, investigation, ADR, use of Modern Techniques aimed at performance/working of complaint redressal cells and District Assessment Committees (DACs).
Punjab: internal accountability
The Inspector General of Police Punjab explained that in context of internal accountability he has imposed major and minor penalties on the delinquent police officers/officials. He informed the Committee that in the recent past with the help of modern techniques like CCTV Cameras they have solved very high profiled terrorism cases. He added that still there is much required to meet the challenges of modern policing.
Sindh: non-availability of modern techniques and political interference
The Inspector General of Police Sindh explained that due to non-availability of modern techniques and political interference in the police affairs, the Sindh Police is not performing as mandated. The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan showed his deep concern over poor performance of police department in the province of Sindh and desired that Sindh Police should itself proactively improve its performance rather to have expectations from other departments.
KPK: complete autonomy without any external interference and pressure
The Inspector General of Police KPK briefed the Committee that the KPK police department has complete autonomy without any external interference and pressure. They have latest legislation which is sufficient to regulate the affairs of the KPK Police. He further informed that they have established dispute resolution councils at district level which are playing effective role in reduction of criminal cases.
Balochistan: the toughest province due to number of terrorist incidents
The Inspector General of Police Balochistan has apprised that Balochistan is the toughest province with respect to law and order situation due to number of terrorist incidents and presence of different armed groups in the Province. However, it is ensured that like other countries of the world the police department with its all capabilities would succeed to encounter terrorism.
The Inspector General of Police AJK explained that AJK Police is successfully redressing the complaints of the public by the use of social media. The AJK Police has also introduced the office of SP Overseas to resolve the complaints of overseas.
The Inspector General of Police Gilgit-Baltistan has explained that GB is very peaceful area having very low rate of crime. He added that they have introduced the Hotel and Traveler’s Eye initiative for the safety and convenience of the tourists.
The DIG HQs ICT while representing IGP ICT has explained the initiatives taken to make the Islamabad safe city. He stated that after establishment of Prosecution Department the conviction rate has been improved.
CJP has appreciated the performance of Punjab, KPK, Balochistan, AJK and Gilgit Baltistan and desired that Islamabad and Sindh Police should also improve its working particularly to address the issue of low conviction rate, which is the one of the major causes of increasing crime rate in the ICT and Sindh Province.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Senior Puisne Judge appreciated the KPK Police working of Dispute Resolution Councils and desired that similar Councils should be established countrywide for the amicable settlement of the disputes among the parties.
strategy and action plan for the Implementation of PRC Recommendations
The Director General National Police Bureau (NPB) presented the proposed strategy and action plan for the Implementation of Police Reforms Committee Recommendations. The Chief Justice of Pakistan directed DG NPB to prepare and share action plan for implementation of PRC Recommendations with specific timeline.