GUJRANWALA - Punjab Inspector General of Police Haji Habibur Rehman said that putting on police uniform was a responsibility that must be fulfilled with honesty and passion, adding that the police personnel should act as public servants, and not as kings.

During a meeting held at the Police Lines of Gujranwala, Mr Habibur Rehman also directed the police officers to adopt a more aggressive approach to eradicate crime as it will convey a message to criminals that Punjab was a state where the law is abided by.

 The IGP said that aggressive policing keeps criminals on the run. “When chasing criminals, if they come face to face, the police should go to any extent to arrest them. If an encounter became unavoidable, they should go for it aggressively, he added.

The IGP observed that serving in the police department was a noble cause as it gives an opportunity to provide justice to common man. This is the only way to change the ‘thana culture’ in Punjab, he said, adding that “corruption in any shape is absolutely against the dignity of policemen.

“I have always directed my subordinates during my entire service that if even I tell you to spare a person involved in corruption, you should not spare him,” he said.

“The Punjab police have improved its performance drastically as the current crime rate is too low as compared to that of the days before my appointment as IGP. I have delegated administrative powers to the RPOs so that they could take disciplinary action against negligent officers and are free to transfer police officers. And the Punjab government does not interfere in the police affairs.”

He urged the police force to become a source of fear for criminals and terrorists to materialise the dream of crime-free Punjab.

The Punjab police had been provided with a comprehensive guideline for implementation of professional priorities, he said.

Appreciating the services made by RPO Gujranwala, he said, “Muhammad Amin is the best officer of all the RPOs in Punjab police as he has always performed his duties in a proper way to make Gujranwala crime free.

RPO Capt (r) Muhammad Amin Vains also spoke on the occasion and paid rich tributes to the IGP for maintaining law and order in the province. He stated that brave and honest officers like Haji Habibur Rehman were real assets.

“The IGP has taught us always that Police officers should serve people in their respective areas to provide justice and protect life and honour of the people. Cops should be polite and accommodative to ensure justice,” said the Gujranwala police chief.

“The police department will remember the role of IGP Muhammad Habibur Rehman forever. The IGP has set an example of bravery and professionalism due to his leadership qualities,” he added. Gujranwala CPO Abdur Razzaq Cheema, DPOs, SPs, DSPs and a large number of cops from the whole Gujrnwala Division were present.