Despite tall claims regarding extra raids and efforts on the part of police officials to curb crime in the district, a recent report reflects that crime has increased considerably this year. Although the provincial government allocated over Rs65 billion for various departments of the Punjab police, these funds seem to have failed in serving their purpose.
According to a report, police performance for the first quarter of the current year 2011 cites that crime rates have risen considerably over the past four months. Officials have said that Inspector General of Police, Javed Iqbal, in a recent meeting of regional police officers expressed his dissatisfaction over the performance of a number of districts. A police document revealed that the Punjab police had recovered 12,642 illicit arms from criminals during first three months of 2010 and in the corresponding period of 2011, province police recovered less than 10,000.
Reports also reveal that incidents of kidnapping and robbery have increased by over 14 per cent this year.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 28th, 2011.
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