Sindh Public Safety Commission becomes dysfunctional

By: News Desk      Published: 11:58 AM, 22 Sep, 2020
Sindh Public Safety Commission becomes dysfunctional

The Sindh Public Safety and Police Complaint Commission for all practical purposes has become dysfunctional as four of its members demanded convening a meeting of the body immediately, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

Hence, they wrote a letter o Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah to draw his attention towards the state of affairs and said Sindh Public Safety and Police Complaint Commission did not have any meeting in the last two months.

It is said that the coronavirus pandemic and the flood-like situation in many parts of the province are responsible for the situation as the chief minister and other commission members have been fully focused on how to tackle the two issues.

Nazim Haji, Karamat Ali, Hasnain Mirza and Ali Aziz GJ in their letter said although the commission’s rules of business had been formulated, the approval of the same was not being obtained from the provincial cabinet. 

The Sindh Public Safety and Police Complaint Commission must hold a meeting every month, the letter noted.

It also mentioned that they had been receiving many letters and phone calls in connection with the complaints, but not holding a meeting meant that the accountability process for the police was being hampered.

However, the Sindh government spokesperson said efforts were being made to make the body more active. However, he added that there was a need to review the rules of business.

Last year, the 19 members of the Sindh Public Safety and Police Complaint Commission were notified. The body headed by the home minister has been formed under the Police Order 2002.

As far as its composition is concerned, the government and the opposition nominated six each of its members, while the remaining six are from the civil society who had been appointed by a committee.

The move came as the Sindh Assembly approved the draft for the restoration of Police Order 2002 in June 2019.