Police campaign against one-wheeling from the 18th
By Shahnawaz Khan
FOR the first ever, Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Amir Zulfiqar Khan will start a campaign against one-wheeling from September 18. Motocyclists doing wheelies would be arrested and detained in the police stations concerned. Their parents would be asked to come to the police station and they would be released after a warning. The police would cancel their licenses if they were caught doing wheelies again, while those without licenses would be fined. This campaign is trying to involve parents to help curb this dangerous act. From September 18, SSP Khan will make multiple visits to the Main Boulevard Gulberg, Jail Road, Main Boulevard Defence, The Mall, Allama Iqbal International Airport Road and Ferozepur Road to check one-wheeling.
THE wave of transfers and suspensions of notorious station house officers (SHOs) has brought relief to the citizens of the provincial capital. Lohari Gate SHO Sultan Mehmood Khan was suspended as he had links with criminals and had a bad reputation. He was running a pickpockets’ gang when he was in charge of Data Darbar police station. It is interesting to note that most of the suspended or dismissed officers were ‘rankers’ who were promoted to SHO and not Provincial Civil Services (PCS) officers who have proper qualifications. But the disappointing factor for both the citizens and honest police officers is that the suspended or dismissed SHOs were posted to various police stations again.
There is a rumour that some police officials bribe or use higher sources to be posted to police stations of Masti Gate, Tibbi Gate, Lohari Gate, Gulberg, Misri Shah, Shadbagh, Bhaati Gate and Lower Mall areas, because these areas are hubs of criminals and they know that they could earn money by shielding such criminals. A few days ago, a police officer approached a senior superintendent of police through a senior bureaucrat for posting in one of the aforementioned police stations but the SSP told the bureaucrat that he would post the officer on the condition that the bureaucrat would be responsible for crimes in that police precinct.
INSTALLATION of a ‘fingerprint identification system’ in the police department is another great effort by the government to curb crime. The system is being installed with the cooperation of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and would start operating in December. The system would be a big help in investigating blind murders and other crimes.
THE police department has resumed its monthly magazine ‘Mohafiz’ under SSP Amir Zulfiqar Khan’s directions. The magazine will highlight the performance of police officials and will be published under the supervision of the Elite Police Training School (EPTS), Bedian Road.