The incapacity of Pakistani police undermines its efforts to be an active agent in the fight against terrorism. We have a police force of 350,000 people for a population of around 172 million, with a ratio of 1 policeman to 477 citizens. But this same police has demonstrated in the past that they can tackle the extremists given the right mandate and resources. They had effectively curbed the sectarian militants in Punjab, a feat that reflected their potential to deliver the desired results when political support is extended and resources provided. I think if we are to have enduring reforms, the Police Order 2002 should be implemented in letter and spirit. The disputed clauses should be discarded after consultation from the legal fraternity and retired police officials of repute. Serious efforts should be made for turning our police into an efficient, professional, and politically neutral force. -AHMED ALI, Islamabad, February 12