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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak. — File Photo.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak. — File Photo.

PESHAWAR: If the idea was to chastise the police for endemic corruption within the department, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister chose a bad day to do so, when police together with other law-enforcement agencies were battling militants just to the south of the provincial capital, losing one officer.

And so huffed up was he that when his minister for information, Shaukat Yousafzai, sent him a request on a piece of paper to tone down his verbal tirade against the police, Pervez Khattak countered that what he said was not meant to demoralise the police.“I am telling truth. I am not lying,” he said in his winding speech at the end of a UNDP-funded two-day workshop organised by the police on ‘thana culture’.

The workshop was attended by people from a cross section of society, including academics, journalists, businessmen, traders, judges and lawyers.

The UNDP country director was also present on the occasion.

“This is very demoralising,” a police officer present at the workshop said. “He (CM) had come with preconceived ideas,” he added.

The chief minister did start off by praising the sacrifices of the police and found their performance better than their counterparts in the Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan, despite facing heavy odds.

But then he launched a scathing tirade, criticising the police for corruption. His sharp public derision of the police stunned and embarrassed the police officers sharing the stage with him and those sitting amongst the audience.

Mr Khattak said the people had voted PTI to power to bring about the change and vowed that he would step down if he failed to deliver. He did not set any date for himself.

He said eradication of corruption in government departments including the police was on top of his agenda and that he was taking steps to uproot the menace. He said he had issued guidelines to the departments and officers to take immediate measures or they would be shown the door.

The chief minister said his government was determined to reform the ‘thana culture’ and ‘patwari system’.

He said the workshop recommendations, commendable, would be implemented in letter and spirit but while most of them were demands, no suggestions had come forward on ending corruption. What the chief minister failed to notice was that there were recommendations about accountability and greater public oversight.

Mr Khattak observed that an internal intelligence wing within the police department was the need of the hour to combat terrorism and announced that his government would soon establish one.

He said peace was vital for development and prosperity but wondered why the workshop did not recommend ways and means to end corruption within the police.

He urged the police to come up to the expectations of the people in providing relief and justice, taking actions against the oppressors and reach out to the oppressed. He assured of no political interference in the police transfers and postings but warned that he would intervene to take action against erring officers.

The chief minister said the women police desk would be established within police stations to enable lady police officers come to the rescue of the oppressed women.

He also directed the inspector general of police to take immediate steps to introduce eight hours shift for the police. He announced setting up two model police stations at all the districts level and said that if proved successful, the system would be extended to all the existing police stations in the province.

Mr Khattak said the now-dormant Public Safety Commissions would be revived and strengthened and traffic police would be modeled along the way Motorway Police.

Earlier, Qazi Jamil, a police officer, now working for UNDP, presented final recommendations of the two-day workshop.

The morning sessions were presided over by Senior Minister Sikandar Sherpao and Minister for Auqaf Habibur Rehman.

Both the ministers lauded the sacrifices rendered by the police in the fight against militancy and appreciated the recommendations made by the workshop.

They assured that the recommendations would be implemented in letter and spirit and if needed, necessary legislation would also be made for the purpose.

Comments (60) Closed

Anon Jul 05, 2013 03:28pm

Well done Dawn. Another day, another anti-PTI headline!

Looking forward to the next one in another 2 days...

Faraz Jul 05, 2013 04:29pm

So he cant call a spade a spade???? dear Police officers ???

Zak Jul 05, 2013 04:32pm

PTI of the mark- the police were stunned because they never expect their corrupt style to ever change, so now the topic was touched and hence the shock. The key to any change has to be from the police. From here flows all else.

sattar rind Jul 05, 2013 06:02pm

Did any one noticed that he is not fit for CM? For example when he was elected CM he said in the respons of Question that the terriost attacks are being done by Talibans. 2nd he was much clear that when US army leave Afghanistan, than here KPK all will be ok and KPK will recive no effects. What mind he has! Generally PTI people are not proper mature as whole. It seems they are Bucha log.

Naeem Syed Jul 05, 2013 06:19pm

Can the Police deny that the Thanna Cultures does not exist ? If the CM is telling the truth then there is no reason For the Police Chiefs to be embarrassed . There is no doubt that there has been an incredible number of sacrifices made by the Police and they deserve every bit of credit for that. However the CM should also understand that this culture was established only due to the lack of any facility to the Police. there is no reason to diminish their contribution to our society but we have not contributed anything to the Police for their role in protection of our lives. When we are confronted with a crisis we start yelling where is the Police?

has anybody looked at the miserable Hours these people work in, Look at the pay they get. the housing they are provided, how are they to educate their kids? They don't have adequate transportation, Communication equipment, and I have heard that the police stations have to buy their own stationary out of their pockets. in the western world they are just about the highest paid Civil servants there are.

Our Police are what they are because we expect the most out of them while we let them fend for themselves. Lets be realistic. I will take a bet that we spend more in maintenance of all our provincial ministers than we spend on the total Police force of that province. Ridiculous.

CM Khattak is right we need to change the Culture of the Police, but then he should give the proper facilities to the Policeman to live decently as well. Give them GOOD pay, decent Housing, Free education for their children, Motor bikes / Cars on easy interest free installments, then see that they will perform just as Honestly and diligently as their Western counterparts. CM Khattak Do something positive for a change.

ali Jul 05, 2013 06:16pm

Sincerely hope that the PTI is successful in bringing down corruption

chodharypk Jul 05, 2013 06:43pm

Looks like all ears, eyes, lenses, and guns are tuned on PTI alone. Nobody seems to care what other parties are their politicians are doing.

Prof. Mobeen Shahid Jul 05, 2013 07:04pm

Why the Chief Minister did not mention anything about a policeman killed while defending a Church in Peshawar?

M aslam Jul 05, 2013 07:14pm

The people who expect any change for good from PTI lives in fool's paradise. PTI is good in criticising others and collecting Zakat and Qurbani. IK promise to end corruption, While undetstanding it will take time to eradicate corruptions, does he take any actions or unveil any plan to end corruption?

Akif Sheikh Jul 05, 2013 07:17pm

na yaar, don't hurt police's delicate feelings. It is by far Pakistan's best department. They earned this grace and love by delivering world class service to the common people of Pakistan. Nowadays almost on par with Scotland yard.

Hamsafar Jul 05, 2013 07:18pm

This is an exaggeration. I was present in this workshop. CM's passing remarks about corruption were not meant to embarrass the police department and were intended in a tone of positive criticism while touching on areas where police had to be strengthened. He had paid tributes to the sacrifice of police officers and he also talked about capacity building of police earlier. This twist of the story is mainly DAWN Peshawar bureau's own doing which is at it again, it seems.

Rehan Ghazi Jul 05, 2013 08:31pm

I feel the CM was right in criticizing Police officials in general. There is rampant corruption in police department throughout the country and they are highly incompetent, lack motivation and commitment to serve the public. In fact, they are one of the biggest reasons of crime in Pakistan.

babar Jul 05, 2013 08:44pm

Pervaiz Khatak is only good for the post of security guard and PTI made him CM. This guy does not know how to address his team members and how to get the job done using good tactics. He has no vision, no qualification. He awarded PTI tickets to his son in law and 4 other relatives. How can he talk about corruption when he himself is the leader of corruption and injustices. His only qualification was that he was used to be PPP and Q league worker. PTI will not be able to deliver,

Omar Jul 05, 2013 10:36pm

Great job.Call them out and see who isa true professional and who is just there to line their pocket. Pakistan cannot survive unless we uproot corruption,nepotism and blatant disregard for law.

asfi Jul 05, 2013 10:38pm

Till the time governance is not improved police will remain corrupt. Mr CM has to demonstrate that he follows Caliphate Umar and am sure things will change.

HK Jul 05, 2013 10:55pm

Malik Naveed, former IGP KPK, through extreme corruption including but not limited to procurement of substandard weapons, bomb detection equipment and body armour has put lives of rank and file officers at serious. Any police officer taking offence may kindly note.

Malik Naveed's cousin Malik Saad was a very very good officer and a very very good man. Dishonourable people make it to the highest levels and good ones pay with their lives. What a shame.

shabut Jul 05, 2013 11:12pm

Well, the truth always hurts, doesn't it?

IRFAN BHOMBAL Jul 05, 2013 11:56pm

This is an immaturity from PTI CM everyone knows in Pakistan that how government dept. are corrupt but something call diplomacy and one who should learn this first set up the plan to irradicate this problem before critisizing.does he know how many brilliant officer has given their life in PK.Act like a immature will only cost him and the party failure to do anything what they promise in election.

zia khan Jul 06, 2013 12:00am

@sattar rind: He has spoken the truth. We are shepherd like a flock of sheep by police and patwaris. They are aliens in our society. KPK government should overhaul the existing police and patwari culture. KPK government has just come in and we have to give them time to settle down and show their performance.

Rustam Jul 06, 2013 12:51am

No police force ever in the history of the country has lost as many of their men as KPK Police in the last four years and our dear CM has the audacity to say that they are corrupt. After all Taliban are not enemies according to the CM.

NASAH (USA) Jul 06, 2013 03:22am

What will be in good taste for CM Khattak to say about the Pakistan that it is an immaculately clean of corruption organization -- that would have been a SATIRE not the truth. Everybody knows that the subcontinental police is so corrupt victims of crime are afraid to seek their help to redress their grievances.

xulfjan Jul 06, 2013 03:40am

In bad taste?? Well there was acknowledgement of their sacrifices but then there is no denying that corruption is also rife and is possibly contributing to this loss as for example in the recent past there was approval of substandard life jackets for the police personnel with alleged bribes. So if he comes out swinging, he does not need to be apologetic...that should be his job!!!

Ayaz Jul 06, 2013 03:44am

But Khattak and his boss Taliban Khan have no courage to utter a word against the terrorists.... what a shame...

zobia khan Jul 06, 2013 06:46am

He lacks basic training in sensibilities. Poor leadership. No matter how bad your team is you never highlight its faults. Always accentuate the positive, and as a side comment say we have a long way to go in fixing our image and perception.

His behavior is very off-handed. Doesn't want to take responsibility. That only works before elections. Now the police belong to him. If they do wrong he is responsible.

Abdul Malik Jul 06, 2013 06:49am

So where was the CM wrong? What he said about the police of KP is absolutely true. There should not be an iota of doubt about the level of corruption in KP police in particular and police across Pakistan in general. I wonder why the information minister sent a note to the CM for toning down his tirade against the police. And, why senior police officers sharing the stage with the CM and in the audience were embarrassed. May be they are not accustomed to hearing the truth. Kudos to the CM. He has the guts to criticize his own police force. And rightly so.

Yawar Jul 06, 2013 07:45am

Everyone knows how much corruption exists in Pakistan's police departments. So when a politician, for the first time, puts their feet to the fire, they find it in "bad taste."

whatever Jul 06, 2013 11:07am

@sattar rind: so only experience people has right to do corruption .

Amin Jul 06, 2013 11:26am

@sattar rind: I could not see anything wrong in the above mentioned two statements. It is a general concept here and across. To call it immaturity is simply to distort facts.

Nasir Ahmed Jul 06, 2013 12:02pm

@sattar rind: So do you think all the other office holders or even president is fit for their current posts. The answer is absolutely no, i think KPK CM is a bit better because at least they are eager to bring change in their province by bringing reforms in the "Thana Culture " and don't forget that change has never ever been easy to bring. You cannot please all the people all the time, this is fact.

Tahir A Jul 06, 2013 12:15pm

Are these the steps being taken by PTI when Mr Khan in his pre-election speeches promised to eradicate corruption within 90 days of taking power?

syed baqar ahsan Jul 06, 2013 02:31pm

Prime responsibility constitutionally for law & order is of civil police rest all forces not even have half the legal power that of police therefore police are well aware who all are the criminals in their area all over Pakistan but since have close relation and alternate source of earning from them so with this compromised dilemma, law & order can not improve,few innocent police personal s can raise their voice otherwise majority of police is the main culprit and CM of KPK is absolutely right.Withdraw police from all VIP/guard duties send them back to thana with no political interference in it.80% crime/criminals will die own death.

Moazzam Jul 06, 2013 03:36pm

@sattar rind: I personally liked the way Mr. Khattak responded. This is the first time, I am appreciating him. We have to come out and start speaking truth. Time being, just forget about parties and politics and start looking to fix issues in Pakistan. After 4 years, voters and supporters can start their debates again for next election.

IQBAL Z KHAN Jul 06, 2013 04:44pm

LOL, truth is bitter. Teenga Ka!

Aimal Jul 06, 2013 04:43pm

Well done CM. Police should be shown the mirror.

Suhail Jul 06, 2013 05:17pm

@sattar rind: PTI may not have the experience but they are dedicated and committed to fix the system. They might make some mistakes along the way as they are not angels but their dedication will lead them to success at the end of the day Inshallah. So which "properly mature" party has this much dedication to fix the messed up system?

faisal Jul 06, 2013 05:47pm

CM is not hypocrite and it is about time to face the issues. How many of us have seen corruption in Police department on daily basis and said who's going to fix it. Now the PTI is out there to face it. It is not going to be easy but with mass support it is possible.

Dawn could have been public advocate and we all could have supported that action

Agha Ata Jul 06, 2013 08:00pm

The desire to govern is one thing, the art of governing is another and a totally different thing. Besides. the truth is not always right (subtle concept, indeed).

Khan Jul 06, 2013 08:10pm

What about judiciary, politicians who are corrupt even the CM has corruption charges against him before the lota CM joined PTI. Wat about the politicians who use police for their personal use? Can the PTI CM have the courage to mention that also loudly?

SAEED KHAN Jul 06, 2013 08:29pm


asim Jul 06, 2013 09:22pm

@sattar rind: What is your point? If some one attempts to do good with good faith. Is it not good. He has been elected by his party and people for the position. Stop posting just for the sake of posting

Imad Jul 06, 2013 10:19pm

Is it just me or is dawn hell bent on publishing any piece of news, no matter how small and useless, that has any thing negative about PTI? I am a PTI supporter and wasn't happy with Mr. Khattak's appointment, but this is just getting absurd. Everyone wants PTI to curb terrorism in KPK. Everyone agrees that the local law enforcement agencies (especially police) has to play a stronger role. Now if Pervez Khattak wants to strengthen a broken police department, what's wrong with that?

waseem Jul 06, 2013 10:26pm

He told the truth. What's wrong with it? Although for corrupt police it is hard to digest, media shouldn't take side of corruption.

Qaas Jul 06, 2013 10:41pm

If all problems of Pakistan or KPK and especially corruption in Police would end when politicians will use scathing words to describe the issue or despise the Police then it would have ended tens of years ago, since when every other politician has done exactly that, may be to gather the sympathy of his supporters. Don't be fooled by just words once again, my dear PTI supporters. Some mention below calling spade a spade, can we do the same for our politicians. And BTW, Khattak is a turncoat, he still needs to prove he is just not like all the others 'Thaali ke Baigan' .. Nation needs actions more than words. He should not use the same big bold words like his leader IK ('I am telling you PTI Tsunami will take over Pakistan, I can provide a signed statement' - I saw he provided at least two such signed statements just to Shahzeb Khanzada on his show, who's holding him accountable now for those empty words?), so don't say 'we will deal with Ahni Haath' (I always hated this expression) like everyone else in the past, use them and people will see what you meant as they have eyes, no need to say, just take appropriate actions.

Alfarooq Kemal Jul 07, 2013 01:44am

It's PTI hours !! Police Department of KPK should read this massage written on the wall.

Zee Jul 07, 2013 02:29am

Pakistan Police is corrupt.. there are no two opinions about that... if they have a problem with someone even mentioning this fact then they are welcome to go home.. enough of this corruption. Good job Mr. CM and PTI. People have high hopes from you. It will take breaking a few eggs to make the omelette. We (the people) are with you. Jul 07, 2013 04:34am

@Anon: This whole report is biased against PTI. In the whole report I did not see anything bad. The whole Pakistan knows the corruption of Police and PTI mentioning that corruption is not good. Dawn news need to be fair and should give credit where it is deserved.

Talat Sattar

ali Jul 07, 2013 08:00am

The police are in shock cause for 60 odd years after Pakistan was carved up in the name God it has the most corrupt police force in the world of course the dogs are going to bark

Uzair Jul 07, 2013 08:47am

Corrupt Journalism.... If one calls spade a spade at the face of corrupt police officers (which no one has guts to) then he has chosen a bad day ... Wondering how much the writer got paid and if he is a close relative of a corrupt top police officer ...

Jaan Mohd Jul 07, 2013 10:14am

Mr. CM is just talking and doing nothing. We the people of KPK voted for PTI to bring peace, but unfortunately we were wrong. We voted and elected weak people who live in a fantasy world. me and my friends regret for voting PTI

FACT Jul 07, 2013 11:14am

@Anon: This is not Anti PTI. Now PTI is a political party and you need to live with criticism, whether you like it or not. If you will rule you would be criticised and judged. Criticising police is very easy and it is not going to bring any change in whoever is corrupt except for demoralizing few how are still good. KPK CM must have presented a strategy or improved processes to eradicate the corruption, which he simply failed.

Saeed Khan Jul 07, 2013 12:06pm

I would disagree with the writer here and this is the problem of democracy and freedom of expression. We all know the corruption of Police department and yet he tries to defend them. If police corrects its behavior towards their constitutional responsibilities and general public,99% of our society problems and security issues will be sorted out. They take bribes on as and when required basis from the Afghan refugees,and allow them to roam freely in our settled areas and do businesses. This has caused massive urbanization in our cities causing congestion on one hand,while creating stiff competition for our local businessman and laborers on the other. Besides that most of the refugees are involved in murders,kidnap for ransom and suicide bombing. It has deteriorated the situation severely. They do the crime and run away to agencies and nearby afghan areas.

Haroon Rashid Jul 07, 2013 01:13pm

The situation Pakistan is in, CM KPK is the right person. He is blunt no "Topi Dramas". Our all departments are corrupt. If some police man found it discouraging then he was corrupt too. Otherwise he would have appreciated CM. Our media it seems is Indian Media. Even indians would not report like you guys do.

Afzal Mir Jul 07, 2013 04:06pm

Chief Minister Khattak was profoundly right to criticise the corruption in the police department. The corruption in the police departments in Pakistan is so unbearably shameful that it is not a joke. I commend Chief Minister Khattak for showing courage in dealing with this issue.

Asif Jul 07, 2013 04:37pm

There are three parties of this story: 1) The Institute (KP Police) 2) Mr Khattak 3) and Dawn.

And each one of which has provoked the viewers to comment this derailing story.

The KP Police is no good. They are corrupt to a great extent and that everybody knows. Mr. Khattak is just being a Mashrot who SAYS but does not do ANYTHING And dawn is just being biased by putting the provocative header of a story !

Ali Jul 07, 2013 08:04pm

And we find the police corruption in bad taste.

W. Malik Jul 07, 2013 09:11pm

CM Khattak has good intentions but unless he revamps the police system that is colonial and was created in 1861 on the pattern of military to oppress and control the population, nothing will change in the police culture or thana culture. Basic problem with police is its militia structure. No body in Pakistan realizes this! 65 years have passed with no reforms.

rahat rao Jul 07, 2013 09:11pm

@zobia khan:

Mr.Khattak is a very experienced, honest and thus brave manager and he means business and NO CHAPLOSSI.The people will soon get used to listen to the speeches based on nothing but only on TRUTH.

haseeb Jul 07, 2013 09:58pm

obviously media have to show his presence here because they are equal partner in corruption. i cant remember any other occasion where cm criticize police right in front of them so thumbs up for this. but only verbal action wont work now have to upgrade police system. but in first month thing going in right direction. we have to give time to pmln and pti to clear the mess of 65 years. neeaton ka Allah behtar janta hai.

shaji Jul 07, 2013 11:59pm

Punjab and Sind police are most corrupt, KPK police are much less, except those in charge of checking smuggling, those are the most corrupt in Pakistan

Ahmad Jul 08, 2013 01:14am

I believe Khattak was right in publicly humiliating the police force. You should hear what the people on the street are saying about the parliamentarians and politicians. They have nothing but swear words and abuses.

The reason Youtube is banned in Pakistan is not because of the insulting video; Pakistani Muslims insult their religion far more with their actions and the country's affairs itself if an insult to islam.

The reason youtube is banned is because the people take videos and abuse the politicians and parliamentarians. The government doesn't want that. The government is afraid of a revolution.

Thats the only the reason why youtube is banned in Pakistan; make no doubt about it.