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Thursday, July 19, 2007

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KARACHI: SHOs scrambling to ‘generate’ funds

By S. Raza Hassan

KARACHI, July 18: Demonstrating what can only be termed pure genius, the inspector general (IG) police of Sindh has tasked station house officers (SHOs) to set up “reporting centres” at their police stations without allocating any funds for the purpose. This has left SHOs scrambling to generate funds “through their own resources,” according to one official.

In the first press conference held after he assumed office, Sindh IG Ziaul Hasan Khan announced that reporting centres would be set up in all police stations in the city. The rationale was explained at subsequent meetings, where Mr Khan observed that since complainants often face a hostile environment at police stations, well-trained staff should be available at the reporting centres.

‘Own resources’

Orders issued later by the police hierarchy directed town police officers to ensure that the reporting centres have comfortable chairs instead of the traditional benches, that smoking is prohibited on the premises and most importantly, every centre is air-conditioned. Instead of the old duty officers, the new centres are to have “reporting officers.”

However, no mention is made of where the funds to set up and run these highfalutin reporting centres will come from.

As a result, the SHOs of Karachi’s 96 police stations are busy generating funds through “their own resources” in order to accomplish an assignment that has been given top priority.

A town police officer told Dawn that since no funds had been provided to establish these centres, SHOs were working “on a self-help basis.” On condition of anonymity, a senior police official said that since SHOs received certain sums of money under different heads from their jurisdictions, generating resources would not pose too much of a problem.

No lessons learnt

It is worth remembering that in the past, Karachi has experimented with a number of similar initiatives such as model police stations, women’s police stations and drop boxes for first information reports (FIRs). All of these have met with failure. As one police officer pointed out, “investments should be made in human resource and training, instead of superficial or cosmetic measures that often prove short-lived.”

Furthermore, “a well-decorated and air-conditioned environment will hardly matter to the complainant if he is not being provided relief,” observed Mohammad Shamim, who is visiting a police station regularly these days in context of a dispute.

The IG Sindh was not available to comment on the issue.


KARACHI: First violation of new set-up in posting of eight SPOs

By Arman Sabir

KARACHI, July 18: The first posting order for the newly-created post of supervisory police officers in the new police system contradicts the claims of the police high-ups that an SPO would be responsible only for two police stations as there are at least eight SPOs who would be holding the charge of three police stations simultaneously.

According to the order, 43 SPOs were on Tuesday posted across the city police stations while 10 senior police officers were transferred and given new responsibilities. The post of town police officer (TPO) has ceased to exist and now the head of a town would be known as its SP.

The new police setup dividing the city into three zones, each headed by a deputy inspector- general, was enforced on Monday after the old system failed to deliver. The concept of appointing each SPO on every two police stations was to improve the performance of police stations, redress grievances of the people and boost the image of police. The job description of an SPO is to monitor the affairs of operations and investigations simultaneously and report to his senior officers.

However, eight SPOs were posted on more than two police stations, who are: ASP Sohail Zafar Chatta: Pak Colony, Site, Pirabad; DSP Aijaz Hashmi: Azizabad, Joharabad, Yousaf Plaza; DSP Abdul Rasheed Khan: Orangi Town, Mominabad, Pakistan Bazar; DSP Chaudhry Sohail Faiz: Sharea Faisal, Shah Faisal Colony and Al Falah; DSP Gul Hasan Larakh: Jackson, Docks, KPT; DSP Maqsood Ahmed: New Karachi, Bilal Colony, New Karachi Industrial Area; DSP Shafi Rind: Moachko, Baldia Town, Saeedabad; and DSP Muhammad Ali Wassan: Sukhan, Shah Latif and Ibrahim Hydri.

Besides, ASP Furrkah Bashir was posted as SPO of Korangi Industrial Area and Landhi police stations; ASP Muhammad Farooq, Darakhshan and Gizri; DSP Altaf Husain, Mehmoodabad and Baloch Colony; DSP Asghar Usman, Sir Syed Town and Ajmar Nagri; DSP Chaudhry Saeed Tariq, Supermarket and Gulbahar; DSP Farooq Sherzaman, Taimuria and Shahrah Noor Jehan; DSP Ghulam Fareed, Korangi and Zaman Town; DSP Haseeb Afzal Baig, Airport and Malir Cantt; DSP Jam Zafarullah Dharejo, Preedy and City Courts; DSP Javed Aslam, F.B Industrial Area and Gabol Town; DSP Javed Bhatti, Clifton and Boat Basin; DSP Majeed Abbas, Surjani Town and Manghopir; DSP Malik Mazhar Husain, Risala and Eidgah; DSP Malik Muhammad Ihsan, Baghdadi and Kalri; DSP Manthar Kaka, Quaidabad and Sharafi Goth; DSP Maula Bux Laghari, Sachal and Gulistan-i-Jauhar; DSP Muhammad Akhtar, Bin Qasim and Steel Town; DSP Muhammad Boota, Nazimabad and Rizvia; DSP Nawaz Ranjaha, New Town and Bahadurabad; DSP Nisar Memon, Sohrab Goth and Gulshan-i-Maymar; DSP Qasim Ghauri, Soldier Bazar and Ferozabad; DSP Qazi Kamran Rasheed, Artillary Maidan and Saddar; DSP Rais Abdul Ghani, Gadap and Memon Goth; DSP Rehmatullah Khan, Liaquatabad and Sharifabad; DSP Riaz Ahmed Lodhi, Aziz Bhatti and PIB Colony; DSP Rizwan Ali Wasti, Samnabad and Gulberg; DSP Shah Jehan, Model Colony and Malir City; DSP Shahnawaz, Chakiwara and Kalakot; DSP Sultan Ahmed Yousfazai, North Nazimabad and Paposhnagar; DSP Syed Asghar Ali Shah, Mithadar and Kharadar; DSP Syed Qaiser Ali Shah, Gulshan and Mobina Town; DSP Syed Raza Husain Shah, Saudabad and Khokhrapar; DSP Syed Salman Husain, Defence and Frere; DSP Tahir Noorani, Garden and Nabi Bux; and DSP Zahid Husain, Shershah and Mauripur.

Apart from the SPOs, some senior officers were also transferred such as Dr Sain Rakhio Mirani was posted as SP of Landhi Town; Dr Kamran Fazal as SP of Keamari Town; Naved Ahmed Nisar Khwaja as SP of Site Town; Fayyaz Ahmed Khan as SP of Lyari Town; Tanveer Ahmed Tahir as SP of Mahafiz Force; Pir Farid Jan Sarhandi as SP of CID; Mushtaq Mehr as SSP of Investigation, West Zone; Javed Mehr as SSP of Investigation, East Zone; Aftab Ahmed Halepoto as SSP of Investigation, South Zone; while SSP Dr Sanaullah Abbasi was transferred from the ACLC and posted as ADIG of Establishment, and Niaz Ahmed Khoso was posted as SSP of ACLC.Provincial Police Officer Ziaul Hasan Khan at a press conference a couple of days back said: “The posts of sub-divisional police officer and town police officer will cease to exist. Now a deputy superintendent of police or assistant superintendent of police will work as a supervisory police officer on every two police stations. The supervisory police officer will monitor the operations and investigation affairs at the same time.”

Under the new system, there would be one DIG for investigation for the whole city. He will head the specialised investigation units, including the Anti-Car Lifting Cell, the Anti-Violent Crime Cell, and the Anti-Dacoity and Robbery Cell, he added.


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