PESHAWAR: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government would soon introduce the Police Act in the K-P Assembly to bring tangible reforms to the force.
He claimed the reforms would be so effective that no succeeding government would be willing to amend them.
Imran was speaking to participants at the launch ceremony of the Public Liaison Councils (PLCs) at Police Lines in the city on Wednesday.
The PTI supremo said Chief Minister Pervez Khattak had empowered the K-P inspector general to restore peace. He added the IG was asked to take steps to improve security throughout the province. Khan appreciated the role of the K-P police and said it was the first time the force was trained to use information technology.
He said that through PLCs, disputes could be resolved on a local level and crime rates would further decrease. He said members of the councils and local elders supported the police in their collective efforts to stop crime.
He said criminal acts had decreased by 60% across the province in one year compared to the crime rates of the last four years.
The PTI chief said 70% of industries had closed due to the security situation, while wealthy businessmen moved out of the province for their safety. He said once the police system of a province is corrected, peace will come automatically and hence the economy would flourish.
Imran added that bringing reforms to the police was PTI’s first priority and their government would change the system across the province. He added it was the first time that police learned computer skills and a database was formed through which all kinds of information would be posted online.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 19th, 2015.