Talha Khan

An effective and efficient police is required to maintain order and provide security to the common man. Police is essentially a civilian establishment that is solely answerable to the civil authority for all its actions and functions within clearly defined legal parameters. There can be no modern state without a civilian police organization. In order to carry out its duties and meet its responsibilities police has to be vested with necessary powers for enforcement of law and maintenance of order in the society. There is always a genuine fear that after vesting police with such powers that should “police the police”. In Pakistan we inherited a criminal justice system that was geared to only maintain order and protect the interest of the ruling elite.

While this flawed system survived, the common man continued to suffer at the hands of police as there was no meaningful system of their accountability. Putting…

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