Former IGPs express concern at KP govt’s plans to undo police autonomy

By: News Desk      Published: 02:33 AM, 12 Feb, 2021
Former IGPs express concern at KP govt’s plans to undo police autonomy
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The Association of Former Inspectors General of Pakistan (AFIGP) has expressed concern at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s plans to roll back the operational autonomy of the police by amending the KP Police Act.

The association said in  a press release issued here on Thursday, “The Association of Former Inspectors General of Pakistan (AFIGP) has apprised the prime minister of Pakistan of the disturbing reports in the media and undercurrents in official circles that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is contemplating rolling back the operation autonomy of the police by amending the KP Police Act. 

“The fact is that accountability bodies as laid down in the Act have not been set up by the provincial government despite lapse of over three years on flimsy grounds. There is no impediment in now setting up the provincial and district safety commissions or the regional complaint authority so that an equitable, fair and balance picture emerges. 

“The PTI government made history by giving operational autonomy to the KP police and making it apolitical, professional and accountable. According to its manifesto, this was to be replicated nationally. On the contrary, this unique achievement is being undone. If the vested interests succeed in their design, these landmark achievement will stand reversed and nullified. It will be a sad day for the country.”