A week after the top court censured the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) police department over its performance, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan came to its rescue on Thursday, saying the provincial paramilitary force enjoyed the best approval rating in the country.
In a series of tweets, Imran said there can be no comparison drawn between "the autonomous, depoliticised and professional’ K-P police and ‘totally politicised and non-professional Sindh and Punjab police".
There can be no comparison between the autonomous, depoliticised and professional kP police and totally politicised and non professional Sindh and Punjab police. https://t.co/HHbCxnZZ7W— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) February 1, 2018
The chairman of PTI, the ruling party in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, said the K-P Police Act had completely depoliticised the police force in the province.
On the other hand, police force in Sindh and Punjab were being used for settling political scores through extrajudicial killing, he claimed.
The KP Police Act has completely depoliticised the police force, whereas in Sindh and Punjab the police is used to victimise opponents and on occasions kill them extra judicially https://t.co/bXZSDg52jA— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) February 1, 2018
Last week, the Supreme Court had observed that the K-P police have completely failed to deliver in the case of abduction, rape and murder of a minor girl, Asma in Mardan.
A three-judge SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, made this observation while hearing a suo motu case related to the killing of the four-year-old girl, whose body was found in a sugarcane field in Mardan on January 14.
SC chastises K-P police for ‘total failure’ in Asma case
The PTI leader has been mocked by his political rivals for criticising others while remaining mum over failures of his party’s government in K-P.
On Wednesday, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwart and Federal Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said the ruling party in K-P had never admitted its own shortcomings and incompetence in matters relating to governance. He had urged the PTI leadership to confess its failure after listening to criticism by the apex court.
“Imran Khan fiddled while K-P burned,” said Rafique, referring to a well-known expression ‘Nero fiddled while Rome burned’.
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