ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan commended the KP government and the provincial legislature for the promulgation of a landmark Police Ordinance that will completely revolutionise the working of the police system in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

For the first time the police has been depoliticized by law and merit-based recruitment has been ensured by making it compulsory for all recruitment to be done through the NTS.

In a press statement, Khan asserted that in addition, public oversight of the police has been formalized and institutionalised through the Public Safety Commissions, which will work from the District level upwards comprising of elected representatives from government and opposition parties.

The professionalization and public oversight will put an end to the traditional system of political victimization that defines the thana-kutchery culture in Pakistan even today. Khan praised the courage of the KP government and legislators for breaking away from this debilitating and exploitative system.

The proposal to establish Dispute Resolution Councils under this Ordinance will also create greater police-public cooperation and provide speedy justice to the ordinary citizen.

Khan challenged other provinces to follow KP’s lead and reform their archaic and corrupt police systems. The dismal state of the police force in the other provinces is a major stumbling block to the maintenance of law and order and the protection of the ordinary citizen. Khan said that KP had shown the way on how the police force can be reformed and be made into a highly professional, merit-based and people-friendly institution; now it was up to the other provinces to follow suit.