IGP Borrows Officers from Punjab, KP to Strengthen ICT Police
Islamabad: The Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Islamabad, Ahsan Younas does not seem very happy with the performance of the officers as well as the lower staff of the Islamabad Capital Territory Police (ICTP) and has decided to borrow professional and trained police officers from Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provinces to stop spiraling street crime in the federal capital.
Recently, IGP Islamabad requested the services of five police officers, four from Punjab Province and one from KP, to be made available to the ICT Police. Three of these officers are of the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) while two are of the rank of Inspector of Police.
DSP Abdul Sattar (No. C/585), DSP Mazhar Farooq (No. C/1131) and Inspector Jawad Abbas (No. R/54) were requisitioned from Punjab, while the services of DSP Jamil-ur -Rehman was borrowed from Haripur District, PK Police. (Reference No. 3(9)-Admin./2021).
Some ICT Police sources expressed concern over the requisitioning of these Punjab and KP officers, as they said the move amounted to expressing their dissatisfaction with the capabilities, commitment and professional competence of the officers. ICT police officers.
“Such moves to requisition the services of police officers from other provinces for posting to Islamabad will create a sense of discouragement and discomfort among ICT police officers which will ultimately adversely affect their performance and their enthusiasm in carrying out their duties,” they said. .
On the other hand, it was learned that the IGP was not satisfied with the performance of a number of ICT Police officers and took the decision after closely monitoring the crime situation and the performance of some officers which he said fell far short of his expectations.
It is believed that the IGP made this decision taking into account all considerations, especially the geography of ICT as well as the demographic change that the federal capital has been going through, especially in the last 10 or so years.
The influx of KP population to the federal capital following the military operation against indigenous and foreign terrorist groups in the former ‘Tribal Areas Agencies’ in addition to Afghan refugees already present from the Afghan war against the Union Soviet Union, has led to an unprecedented increase in street crime, arms and drug trafficking and even organized crimes like dacoities, robberies, auto theft and kidnapping for ransom.
It is so easy for criminals to commit a crime and sneak out of the confines of ICT before the police have a clue to their possible identity. The extremely porous confines of ICT are almost impossible to prevent these criminals from fleeing after committing a crime.
However, the effectiveness of these officers brought from Punjab and KP here in Islamabad in tackling street crime, in particular, is a big question. There will be a natural unease when these Punjab officers and their ICT police subordinates work together.
Secondly, the federal capital is a different territory where an entirely different police system operates due to the type of population we have, which is overwhelmingly dominated by ministers, deputies, senators, government officials of all levels, rich, well-off and influential in society on the one hand and the poorest of the poor who have nothing to lose by committing a crime. There is a common idiom within this class which is: “If you are successful (in crime) great and if you are caught, food and shelter are provided free by the government in prison.”
IGP Islamabad may well be convinced to bring these officers from Punjab and KP but they have to understand that ICT is neither Punjab nor KP. The dynamics of policing here are entirely different. How these officers inducted into the ICT Police on a delegation basis will carry out their crime-fighting mission would be something to watch closely.
This correspondent tried to get IGP Islamabad to get his version, even with repeated calls on his mobile phone but without success.