Giving more teeth to corrupt police opposed

Karachi: Pasban e Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor here Thursday criticized the Pakistan Protection Bill, saying it needs no new bills but to make the police department clean from cruel, corrupt and inefficient people.

In a statement issued here, he said to protect life and property is the basic responsibility of the sitting government, for which effective policing system is necessary. He said it is no more a secret that our police are marring with corruption. He said the police bosses have accepted before the court that there are politically-motivated recruitments in the department. He said giving this ill-equipped and inefficient police unlimited powers under the Pakistan Protection Bill would likely to backfire. He said we smell a rat and feel there is a conspiracy somewhere.

Altaf Shakoor said Pakistan needs no harsher laws but harsher steps to purge police from the deadwood. He said political parties including Jamaat e Islami and Jamait Ulema e Islam have opposed the bill, while Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf has boycotted it. He asked why PPPP, PML-N, MQM and other political parties who had opposed this bill in the beginning supported this law. He said Pasban e Pakistan would raise a strong voice against the law and launch a country-wide protest after Eidul Fitre.

He said Pakistan has already been facing a huge problem of missing people and giving the legal right to law enforcers to arrest any suspect without a warrant would certainly fuel the issue.

He requested all political parties of Pakistan to let the sanity prevail. He said respect of fundamental rights and liberties of citizens as guaranteed by the constitution of Pakistan should not be compromised. He said no one opposes crushing the criminals and terrorists, but that could only be done through a honest, efficient and professional police, and not by giving new teeth to our criminally brutal, corrupt and inefficient police.

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