The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has announced a 50 per cent increase in the basic salary of police personnel in the province.
This announcement was made by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti while addressing a police darbar at the Malik Saad Police Lines, Peshawar.
This increase will raise the salaries of police recruits from Rs8,000 to Rs11,000 and of constables from Rs11,000 to Rs13,000. Senior constables will now be paid Rs16,000.
Speaking at the occasion, Hoti said that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police have offered countless sacrifices during the war on terror. “The police force’s basic job is to control crime but our police have fought militancy in parts of the province with bravery,” he said.
Hoti said that curbing militancy is not the duty of the government and security forces alone but the public also had a responsibility toward the goal.
He said that the numerical strength of the police force was 41,000 in 2007 but now it was 80,000. He said that the government had not only formulated a uniform Shuhada Package for policemen killed during the militancy but it was also bearing educational expenses from primary school to graduate education for the children of these policemen.
The CM also directed the police force to concentrate on curbing kidnapping for ransom. He also thanked the Pakistan Army for providing arms and training to the police.
Inspector-General of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Police Faiz Ahmed Toru said that at least 500 policemen had died between 2008 and 2010 and around 1,000 others were injured.
This is the second raise in police salaries in two years. Salaries were raised by 50 per cent last year as well.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2011.
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