ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed, who is also chairman Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP), on Thursday directed all Inspectors General of Police (IGPs) to verify the degrees and certificates of entire police force starting from the PSP officers.
Chairing the Police Reforms Committee (PRC) held in the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed said that the principle laid down in the land mark judgment of Supreme Court should be practically followed to discourage the practice of treating the simple criminal cases as terrorism cases, whereby terrorism is well defined for guidance of investigating agencies as well as prosecution and judiciary.
He also directed DG, NPB to maintain the list of competent investigating officers for specialized investigation of different crimes. He observed that the adverse image established in the society due to negative attitude of police officials’ needs consideration, because the positive attitude of police personnel is as vital as their competence for protection of rights of common persons and general public.
The chief justice said to ensure impartiality of police force and to eliminate undue influence upon Police Department, it is vital that the power of posting and transfers of the Police Officers/officials including PSP’s of every rank should be assigned to the concerned IGPs.
The IGP Punjab apprised the committee that the ban on purchase of vehicles is creating hurdles in purchase of operational vehicles causing inconvenience to the police officers in performing their official duties.
Upon this the Chief Justice expressed that the ban has only been imposed on the purchase of luxury vehicles not on the operational vehicles. However, the excessive and misuse of official vehicles should be looked into, which is giving bad name to the police department among the general public.