LAHORE – Inspector General of Police Punjab Habibur Rehman has appealed to the superior courts not to make fun of the police force because it not only brings down the morale of the policemen but also weakens the writ of the government.

It is also feared that this day-to-day mockery of the police force will ultimately affect the endeavours and efforts being made by the government institutions and the honourable courts to reform the policing. The police officers have strictly been directed to always follow the orders of the honourable courts in true letter and spirit so that provision of justice could be ensured at grass-root level.

Provincial police chief Habibur Rehman stated this while addressing the Darbar at Police Lines District Layyah on Thursday. Earlier, the IGP presided over a high-level meeting and reviewed the crimes and law and order situation in detail at the office of District Police Officer Layyah.

The IGP said the police department was the backbone of the society, which helped build social balance by ensuring rule of law. Therefore, all the state institutions and social organisations should extend full cooperation to the police so that the department could fulfil its sacred duty of provision of justice to the victims.

The IGP said that all the institutions are respectable and united efforts are needed for effective criminal justice system otherwise, the criminals and rogue elements could become a serious threat to the state. He said that the crimes could be eliminated from the society only by strengthening criminal justice system through an effective prosecution and protection to the witnesses. The IGP said that the policemen, by putting their lives at stake, are working days and nights while fighting against hardened criminals during field duties. He said that a number of policemen are martyred while performing their day-to-day duties every year but the policemen are still struggling hard to defeat the criminals.

The IGP also said that a state-of-the-art Punjab School of Investigation is being established in Lahore to carry out investigations on modern lines and to improve the skills of the investigation officers.

The IGP said that all the investigation officers serving in police stations would be provided training at this school in different phases so that their professional skills could be enhanced. He also said that modern forensic laboratories would also be established in each district so that the police could be able to unearth professional and organized criminals by using scientific methods.

Meanwhile, the IGP inaugurated the newly-constructed Chowk Azam police station at Mianwali Road. DPO Shaukat Abbas, DSPs, SHOs and other officers of the district were also present on this occasion. This police station, established with an estimated cost of Rs.13 million, comprises two separate lock-ups for women and men apart from 21 well-designed rooms.

The facility included a reporting room and SHO Office besides the offices and residential rooms for the policemen.