On the 2nd day of my assumption of duty as Sub Divisional Magis-trate, Toba Tek Singh, in the year 1958, the DSP Incharge of the Sub- Divisional Police came to call on me alongwith a few other subordinate police officers. It was a courtesy call. In the course of conversation, however, he tried to assure me that I would always get cooperation from the police. That assurance did not sit well with me. I told him flatly that cooperation was not what I expected from the police; what was due from the police was nothing short of obedience. Two officers equally placed in a system of administration can talk of, and exchange, cooperation. I told him, further, that since I was the head of magistracy in the sub-division, every police officer must obey all lawful orders issued by me without demur. This reply astonished them; but they understood me all right. Consequently, I did not have to initiate any disciplinary action against any of the police officers during my two years tenure. It is a pity that the exact nature of the relationship between police and magistracy is not correctly understood in Pakistan generally and in the Punjab particularly. The police must, in the public interest, always remain under the civil administration. Whenever we think of reform, we debate as to which service should have supremacy over which - not which course of action is in the best interest of the public. The principle to be kept in mind is that an armed service should always be subordinate to a service the members of which are not armed. May God grant us the wisdom to understand this principle. The writer is a retired judge of the Lahore High Court