Reforms to improve Rangers, Frontier Constabulary on cards

Scouts will also be affected by proposed reforms of civil armed forces


Sohail Chaudhry January 09, 2018
INTERIOR MINISTER AHSAN IQBAL. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has decided to introduce reforms in the civil armed forces working under the ministry of interior, aimed at boosting their performance.

He has constituted a high-level committee, under the supervision of grade 22 officer Asghar Chaudhry, to propose its recommendations for the aforementioned reforms.

A source at the ministry of interior told Express News that the minister had reservations about the disparity among armed forces as far as their facilities, working manual and governing laws were concerned.

He said the minister has given broad guidelines to the committee and asked it to devise a standard law, adoptable for civil armed forces in as regards working conditions and nature of the job.

The source also said committee would also consider a proposal in order to provide an opportunity to officers and men to avail inter-armed forces transfers and postings.

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"It will help the officers and men to benefit from a variety of experience of their sister organiations in order to make their professionalism versatile," the source said.

He said that no such initiative had earlier been taken due to contemporary challenges.

The sources further said, "the minister also wants equal facilities for officers and men of the forces under the supervision of the ministry of the interior".

He said the committee had already started working, asking commanders of the forces to submit their proposals to make recommendations factual and effective.

The committee, he added, would examine the proposals before submitting its recommendations to the ministry.

The armed forces under the ministry include Punjab Rangers, Sindh Rangers, Frontier Corps Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, Frontier Constabulary and Gilgit-Baltistan Scouts and Coast Guards.

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