PESHAWAR  - To enhance capability of police for combating terrorism and lawlessness in the province, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to induct retired army and FC personnel in the police force of the province. 

Spokesperson of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police told The Nation that in the first instance retired army and FC personnel would be recruited and after fulfilling the necessary criteria, they will be placed in their respective ranks as they were in the army.

He said that these 500 ex-army personnel would be recruited against the vacant posts in KP police in Peshawar, Hangu, Charsadda and Sawabi districts. He mentioned that all these appointments would be contract based. The retired captain will be designated as Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP), retired major as Superintendent Police (SP), Lance Naik (Retd) constable, Hawaldar head constable and naib soobaidar as ASI.

This idea had been introduced by the then Awami National Party government and it was aimed to induct trained and efficient main power to provincial police department in the light of frequent incident of terrorism. The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf government has decided to start the induction from March 03 where proper scrutiny and test will be conducted in the Police Line Peshawar.

Earlier to this the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has recruited number of ex-army men in the Police Department but later on they were demanding high salaries and regular increase in their wages.

Representatives of former army officials who were serving as policemen in Malakand division criticised the previous government for low salaries and said that instead of giving raise, their salaries were being slashed by the government.

Around 2,500 retired army personnel were inducted into the police force in Malakand and other parts of the province by the previous Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on contract. The move had come following the military operation in Swat in 2009.

However, after restoration of peace in Malakand division and completing their Tenure, these ex-army personnel were removed from their services. This time the government has decided to include sufficient number of army retired  high ranking officers to bring further discipline in the forces.