Islamabad - Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that police have a role in promoting civilized society.

Addressing Police Darbar at Police Lines Headquarters here, he said that no country can progress until it achieves peace. The police, he said, have a vital role in creating and maintaining peace and stability in the country and added that the government is striving to introduce reforms in the police department. He also lamented that police was never given a free hand to work and serve the masses.

The interior minister also stressed that the media should help fight crime and highlight positive aspects of the society instead of glorifying terrorists. He said that terrorism cannot be defeated until community policing is promoted. However, community policing, he said, cannot succeed until the force has full trust of the masses. He asked the police to help poor segments of the society and stressed that applicants should be provided with immediate justice without any prejudice.

He expressed his concerns regarding organized gangs involved in street crime and added that the city would be made safe through the safe city project. He said that efforts were underway to provide pick and drop to the police.

Inspector General Police Islamabad Sultan Azam Temuri said that protection of life and property is the motto of the force and vowed to lift Islamabad police to international standards. He also vowed to improve performance of traffic police to avoid traffic accidents. Adding that intelligence policing would lead to new heights in combating crime, he said the police would be people-friendly, professional, and corruption-free as the public would be involved in the process through community policing.

The IGP said that five out of seven model police stations have been set up in Islamabad. He announced to start leadership programme for the SHOs of Islamabad police very soon. He also announced to grant 30 casual leaves for the personnel each year. The IGP also warned the healthy police officers to become physically fit within a span of one month.

Meanwhile, Shalimar police have booked two known and some 25 unknown persons who attacked the teams of enforcement directorate of CDA during an anti-encroachment operation on Monday. Member Estate got injured in the attack, as the officials continued operation and retrieved the land worth millions.  Meanwhile, family members of the person killed in sector I-9 area a day earlier staged a protest demonstration on 9th Avenue by placing the dead body on the road.

However, the police officials reached the spot to assure them that the culprits would be brought to justice soon.

In a separate incident, a final year engineering student of Air University lost his leg after being hit by an over-speeding car at 9th Avenue. According to details, the student named Hassan Iqbal was hit by an over speeding driver when he was crossing the road late night. His ribs were also dislocated and his arms received severe injuries. The driver managed to escape while Hassan is in a critical condition at Shifa Hospital.