MUZAFFARABAD, June 6: Facing acute shortage of constables, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) police are eagerly awaiting fulfilment of a commitment made by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, it has been learnt.

During his visits to Muzaffarabad and Mirpur in October 2011 and March 2012, respectively Mr Gilani had twice announced provision of funds for 2,000 posts of police constables in AJK.

The AJK police department was expecting reflection of that commitment in the federal budget for next fiscal year, but much to its dismay that did not happen.

“Yes, the prime minister has made this announcement. But, the commitment is yet to see the light of the day,” AJK’s Inspector General Police Dr Tarik Ahmed Khokhar confirmed to Dawn.

The existing total strength of AJK police was 7,000 and the IGP disclosed that more than 20 per cent of it – around 700 sanctioned and 900 unsanctioned guards – was busy in carrying out VIP duty.

The IGP also revealed that AJK had no Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) and the police lacked proper anti-terrorism equipment to detect and defuse explosive devices.

Recalling some instances where police were helpless to defuse suspicious devices, he said a number of proposals had been sent to the interior ministry but so far there had been no action taken on them.

More From This Section

Hard reasons for clearing soft slums

The katchi abadis in Islamabad are considered a security risk

HEC gets permanent chairperson at last

ISLAMABAD: After a delay of about seven months, the government on Tuesday appointed a full-time chairperson of the...

‘This year’s Lit Fest will be bigger, better’

KLF organisers promise Islamabad over 120 writers, 14 book launches and 67 sessions on April 25-27.

Slum dwellers left heartbroken

Naeem Khan, 26, a slum dweller, said though his father and grandfather came from Afghanistan, he was born in the...

Comments are closed.
Explore: Indian elections 2014
Explore: Indian elections 2014
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
How much do you know about Indian Elections?
Front Page