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Disparities in Police Systems in Provinces and the Federal Capital

Feb 22

3:00 pm to 2:00 pm

shamadan ||| Hall, Serena Hotel, Islamabad

Concept Note:

There has been longstanding public demand that Policing system in Pakistan needs to be broadened in its response to crime with inbuilt mechanism of accountability, legitimacy and coherence. The Police Order 2002 was promulgated with the objective to increase Police accountability through Police Complaint Authorities and Public oversight mechanism. The idea was to change the fundamental culture of the organization so that policing could be more democratic and public oriented resulting in enhanced legitimacy. 

The Police Order 2002 after many amendments could only be implemented in Punjab and KP whereas rest of the two provinces-Sindh and Baluchistan- and the federal capital Islamabad, AJK and GB are still practicing the centuries old colonial Police Act of 1861. It is high time that Police Order 2002 may be implemented across all Police establishments to bring in a genuine national coherence in the skills, training and accreditation of police professionalism. 

The implementation of different police orders in parts of Pakistan in fact generate disparities among the police force and it also have reflection on the people experiencing the policing in different manner. For example, a person at work in Islamabad has to experience policing according to the Police Act 1861 while the same person while at home in Rawalpindi has to experience policing according to the Punjab Police Order 2013 which is an amended version of the Police Order 2002.

The two orders have different systems of induction and promotion and reporting of police officials and even there are disparities in functioning of the police under the two systems. This dichotomy has direct bearing on the morale and performance of the police which is blamed for not catering to the needs of democratic and people-friendly policing. The police officials have their own reservations on these systems of policing. There is a need for police reform through a uniform policing system that strengthens ‘legitimacy of police from an adversarial institution to one enjoying community and public confidence’.

To achieve the objective of reforming police in the country, there is a need to analyze the pros and cons of the two diverse prevailing police orders being implemented in the federal and provincial capital.

The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is organizing a seminar to address the following few questions regarding police reforms:

* Transformation of police from a public-frightening force to a public-friendly service    organization

* Removing disparities and introducing one uniformed police order across the country

* Security of tenure to police key appointment holders

* De-politicization of police

* Adequate provision for strategic capacity building of police

* Substantial change in the work ecology of police, especially for lower ranks

* Adequate police budget


Dr. Abid Q. Suleri Executive Director, SDPI

Dr. Shoaib Suddle

Professor Michael Levi

Humaira Masiuddin

Arif Choudhary

Javed Sikandar  Chief Governance section Planning Commission

Asad Umar MNA, PTI

Lt. Gen (R) Moinuddin Haider

Prof. Ahsan Iqbal

Shafqat Kakakhel Former Ambassador and Chairman BOG, SDPI