Rawalpindi - Regional Police Officer (RPO) Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja has opposed the Punjab government’s move to centralise process of issuance of driving licences, which has been causing considerable delay in delivery of licences to citizens.

However, he added that the government took this step for discouraging the issuance of fake driving licences in the province. The RPO said this while talking to media persons after unveiling the plaque of One Window Licensing Centre, city traffic police Rawalpindi, at Traffic Headquarters yesterday.

He was flanked by City Police Officer (CPO) Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi, Chief Traffic Officer (CTO)/SSP Shoaib Khurram Janbaz, Senior Traffic Officer (STO) Iftikharul Haq, SP Muhammad Ateeque Tahir and DSP Taimoor Khan.

Addressing the media persons, RPO Wisal Fakhar said that the citizens would be facilitated through the newly inaugurated one window licensing centre.

He said that the process of issuance of driving license should be more easy and convenient for the applicants. He said, “I think the government should not have centralised the process of driving licence and allowed the traffic headquarters to deal with applicants keeping in view their maladies.”

The RPO added that centralising the process by the government will, however, bar issuance of fake licences. He said now the citizens could complete registration process for driving licence in 20 minutes in the state-of-the-art one window centre. “This is an appreciable step of CTP and I congratulate the CTO and his team for the great achievement,” Wisal said. He said that it came into his knowledge that people are facing delay in delivery of licences through a courier service and he brought the matter into the notice of IG Punjab.

“We are contemplating to assign Pakistan Postal Service the task of delivery of driving licences to people,” he added. He said that soon a booth would also be set up at one window centre where the citizens could buy postal tickets for the licences.

Replying to different queries, the RPO said that the one window centre has been built with the funds provided by the government and private sector.

The RPO said that police have tightened the noose around the banned outfits in the region and no one would be allowed for wall chalking anywhere. He added that he is making all-out efforts to change “thana culture” as the top guns of police department including the IGP have expressed great concern over this.

“We are going to establish some 18 front desks in the region with qualified IT experts for registration of FIRs immediately. The staff on the desks will not be influenced by any SHO or police officer,” he informed. He said that police along with Pakistan Army, Rangers and other law-enforcement agencies have been conducting joint search and intelligence based operations in the region to flush out terrorists and maintain law and order.

Separately, RPO Raja dismissed a cop from police service yesterday on public complaints. The dismissed cop was identified as Head Constable Irshad Shah alias Shady. Raja took action against the cop in light of an inquiry report, he said.

The RPO also visited Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hasan Abdal and reviewed security arrangements for Sikh Yatrees, the police spokesperson said. He ordered police to improve security further.