Sindh Police to act against ‘defamatory’ videos

Warn staff uploading videos of suspension, strict departmental action


APP April 23, 2020
A file photo of Sindh Police.

KARACHI: South Zone Police, taking notice of videos creating a bad impression of the police being circulated on social media, issued a notification on Wednesday, warning of action against individuals involved in "defaming" the police by such means.

The notification states, "It is being noticed… that police officials are uploading videos related to police work and activities on social media. Such practices are illegal and against the norms of the… service."

According to the police, the videos are "old and irrelevant."

Further elaborating, South SSP Shiraz Nazir claimed that a video of Faisalabad police personnel was being suggested as showing Karachi's police personnel, while another two-year-old video of an incident that took place in Sea View too was being shared even though action against the delinquent officials in the video had been taken when it had first surfaced. Besides, he said, he had come across a year-old video of Clifton police personnel taking bribes and action against them too had already been taken.

The SSP said that the details of those involved in circulating the videos had been provided to the Federal Investigation Agency.

In line with the SSP's statement, the notification, too, states that all subordinate staff are to be warned against uploading any such videos on social media in the future.

"Those who violate this order should be suspended and strict departmental action be taken against them," it reads.

This was reaffirmed by SSP Nazir, who said that legal action was being initiated against those involved in circulating the videos, in accordance with the directives of higher police authorities.

The legal department of Sindh Police would deal with the matter, he said.

"Elements sharing the videos want to demoralise the police," remarked the SSP, and appealed to citizens to not to share any videos without confirming their authenticity.  

Published in The Express Tribune, April 23rd, 2020.

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