PESHAWAR - Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said that special cabinet committee has finalized its recommendations regarding powers and accountability of the provincial police for better performance.

KP CM Pervez Khattak said that in light of the cabinet committee's report, necessary amendments in the Police Act will soon be introduced.

He was addressing a 40-member delegation comprised of participants of 42nd Special Training Program of probationer ASPs.

The delegation called on the chief minister at the Chief Minister's Secretariat on Saturday.

Dispelling the impression about reduction in the police spending, the chief minister categorically told that no such cut was imposed.

He, however, made it clear that certain police projects were being reviewed in order to identify the unfeasible ones.

He told the police officers that the reforms introduced by present provincial government in police department brought the desired results in respect of public service and elimination of corrupt practices adding that this achievement was made possible by ending the traditional political interference in working of the police.

He said this approach and commitment not only created credibility of the police but also helped improve image of the provincial government at local and national level. "The change brought by KP government in police and other departments is required for the whole country", he added.

The chief minister said that only common people especially those relating to poor segments of society were facing problems and difficulties in police stations due to corrupt practices and bad behaviour of the police officials in the past adding that the influential elements had no problem with the police as it had been protecting their illicit businesses.

He said that for this reasons police reforms were introduced in the province, which proved extremely effective and now there was hardly any complain about police stations.

He further stated that previously police had always been bringing bad name to every government in the province, but the reforms introduced by present provincial government considerably improved performance of the provincial police, which not only addressed the public grievances against police but also improved image of the provincial government, he said.

Khattak said that the change in police behaviour and services also helped enhance respect and dignity of police in the society.

Impressed by the young police officers, the chief minister expressed the hope that they would perform better and would not disappoint the people after completing their ongoing training course.

He said that the traits like honesty, sincerity and devotion would not only solve the problems being faced by common people but such practices would also promote patriotism among them.