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DIG Sanaullah Abbasi (left)  addressing a press conference at CPLC office.—APP
DIG Sanaullah Abbasi (left) addressing a press conference at CPLC office.—APP
'Extrajudicial killings cannot be justified but society has come to accept this ‘modus operandi’ to make streets safer.'—Reuters/File
'Extrajudicial killings cannot be justified but society has come to accept this ‘modus operandi’ to make streets safer.'—Reuters/File

HYDERABAD: DIG Sanaullah Abbasi has said that extrajudicial killings and other actions cannot be justified officially but society has come to accept this ‘modus operandi’ of police to eradicate crimes and make streets safer.

“It is not necessary for an encounter to be seen as genuine only if a policeman loses his life in it. You can see police have restored peace and order in the city (through this modus operandi)…,” he said.

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The official was speaking to journalists at the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) offices here on Friday during a briefing by local CPLC chief Haji Yaqoob Memon about the committee’s progress on cases of kidnapping and women trafficking.

Asked if ‘half fry and full fry formula’ used by policemen to refer to a particular treatment meted out to arrested suspects in proportion to severity of their crimes, did not amount to extrajudicial actions, the DIG said he could confidently say that society had come to accept the ‘formula’.

The terms ‘half fry’ and ‘full fry’ are commonly used by police to mean if officers are convinced the arrested suspects are involved in crimes they will be shot in the leg to render them disabled before sending them to jail. It had gained notoriety during the tenure of SSP Farid Jan Sarhandi but now it is talk of the town.

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SSP Irfan Baloch who was also present at the briefing said that over the past three months, 73 suspects were ‘arrested’ after they fell ‘injured’ in encounters with police.

“Remember, none of them [suspects] can obtain bail. We have made a strong case to ensure they were denied any chance of getting bail,” he said. He asked who would deny that Ehsan Chhor, Chalees Shaira, or Kali Pochi were not criminals and did not cause great nuisance to people.

DIG Abbasi said that Hyderabad and Khairpur had become model districts — thanks to this ‘modus operandi’. “Jails have become nurseries of criminals though they are supposed to be reformatories,” he said.

In the western world, he said, it was the complainant who was projected but in Pakistani society it was the suspect who received sympathy.

“Police are always willing to obey the law. Their intention should not be doubted. No one has fallen prey to any ‘extrajudicial action’ by a police officer for his personal interests. Did any policeman kill or injure anyone for his personal gains?” he asked.

He pointed out that society condoned this ‘formula’.

“I have spoken to members of the judiciary and even some senior level officials of other law enforcement agencies.

They all admit that police have restored order [in the city] and agree with our contention,” he said.

But, he said, some elements were not so pleased with their efforts because police had stepped on their toes.

“If this [formula] continues then I can assure you that we will be able to create ideal conditions in crime control,” he said.

Published in Dawn March 7th, 2015

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Comments (22) Closed

M. Jan Mar 07, 2015 06:36am

It is sad that these patriots with the good of the nation at their heart have to take the risk of exposure to potential legal ramification because of the inadequacies of the system. Politicians should consult experienced officers and amend the laws to allow them to operate effectively within the legal framework rather than they being forced to come up with solution that don't stand the scrutiny of an outdated and ineffective legal system,

IBN E ASHFAQUE Mar 07, 2015 07:42am

Extra judicial killing will not bring peace. Pakistan's police and legal system needs to be revamped. However, no democratic dispensation even talks of doing it.

Raheel Mar 07, 2015 09:34am

I, being a resident of Hyderabad city, completely back the efforts of Police force in restoring the order in city. They have really done a remarkable job which we could'nt even have imagined in our wildest dreams.

Moby Mar 07, 2015 10:16am

I am speechless. How can such highly placed law enforcement officers justify extra legal killings? The cops are no better than common murderers.

Fi Mar 07, 2015 10:33am

When the judicial system fails, that's the only way left. Sorry.

Tranquil Mar 07, 2015 10:50am

I do not mind if peace can be establish like this.

mashael Mar 07, 2015 11:00am

Its tricky but I think it can be justified as long as their is strong conviction that the person involved is indeed a danger to the society. Some innocents will also get caught in between but innocents are living in fear and dying by dozens everyday anyway. Sadly we have to support his stance- we wouldn't need to if we the judicial system was efficient. But judges also need protection to be able to judge without fear. In this country full of extremists and ready to die outlaws, this will never be acheived- Unless, we resolve it at fundamental levels. I say close all madrassas and review the whole education system. Teach Islam as an option subject in schools.

Straight Talk Mar 07, 2015 11:06am

In Mumbai we have seen that such policemen eventually become extortionists and criminals themselves. Beyond a point the line between what's against the criminals and what's crime gets blurred. By then it's too late and there is no one to control the cops who become criminals and control the mafia for their own gains. It's just a matter of time before the rogues in uniform will take over the crime syndicates and become arbitrators between gangs.

Haque Parast Mar 07, 2015 11:57am

I am speechless! where is the souo-motoo on this? and I am ever more amazed by the commentators who are supporting it. If this is right, then it is right for Indian Army to kill Kashmiris to "bring peace to the city". It is right for the Israel to kills Palestinians to "bring peace to the city". This is cold blooded murder and as bad as it can get.

Ali Vazir Mar 07, 2015 12:02pm

What is extra-judicial in a system where there is no justice? So first thing comes first. Concentrate on providing a just system, through election and selection of Just people.

Zak Mar 07, 2015 12:30pm

Hard core, irrefutable evidence of criminals, who have murdererd innocents, like TTP-ummm, I am looking the other way!

IBN E ASHFAQUE Mar 07, 2015 01:04pm

@Straight Talk Thanks for your comments the law enforcement agencies took the same approach in former East Pakistan and I saw how they became eventually monsters. The law enforcement agencies are doing the same thing in Balochistan and Karachi and adding to the people's misery. We need to revamp our judicial system but the politicians do not want a free and fair judicial system as it does not suit them. May Allah guide the people of Pakistan. Zulm cannot be eliminated by more zulum and fasaad.

AJ Mar 07, 2015 01:29pm

@Raheel you will only condem these acts when your own innocent brother or cousin will be killed in these fake encounter. There is only one way of doing right thing that is to do in right way. Right things done in wrong way unfortunately made them wrong things. Only barbaric societies can allow this by the police.

Khan-Haqiqi Mar 07, 2015 02:03pm

This is the true face of our Law enforcement agencies. The officer and its accomplices should be arrested and tried in a court of law. They did the same in East Pakistan and now in Balochistan and Karachi while turning blind eye towards militant organizations.

Khanm Mar 07, 2015 02:15pm

Very interesting comments. We are a rogue state. Be the judge,jurry , and the executionist. In any civilized world those high would be in jail. With out due process of law it would lead to anarchy.

IMRAN ALI Mar 07, 2015 02:45pm

what is the prove those dying in extra-judicial killing were criminals? there are many cases innocent people dying who could not bribed the LEAs

Abdul Mar 07, 2015 03:03pm

The DIG has shot himself in the foot, his utterances are truly blasphemous in a democracy, he is required to be removed from his post forthwith. He is a gunda not a policeman. He is playing judge, jury and executioner at the same time. He must be reprimanded. No two ways about it.

Zahid Mar 07, 2015 03:12pm

What the criminals do is wrong. What the police claims to doing is wrong. Two wrongs don't make one right. This man should be removed. Judicial system and better prosecution is the requirement not extra judicial killing that can be misused to the hilt.

Sameer Khan Mar 07, 2015 03:41pm

Dr. Sanaullah Abbasi is the most honest and brave police officer in Sindh.

pagrri Sanbhaal Mar 07, 2015 04:20pm

Sanaullah Abbasi and Dr.Irfan the SSP are trustworthy officers among the corrupt lot and we believe on them.

Carol Anne Grayson Mar 07, 2015 04:42pm

Shocked to hear police attempt to justify extra-judicial killing. What an example to society, its giving a green light for others to follow and do the same due to moral ambiguity! Far from leading to a safer society, such acts can incite serious retaliation attacks. One of the worst was the Peshawar Army School attack where repeated warnings BEFORE the massacre to army, police not to torture, kill in custody or they and their families would be targeted were ignored. Bodies piled up in custody in the weeks before the Peshawar attack. A number of cases have now been studied where criminal acts by police and army have led to major terrorists incidents to avenge deaths with serious loss of life. This reckless behaviour by authorities which is also widespread and under investigation in Afghanistan (as 2 recent reports from UNAMA and HRW documents showed last week) must be condemned and those endangering society held accountable. What stupidity and utter recklessness to go against the law of the country and in doing so collaborate to kill the children of Pakistan! If society are not happy with punishments for criminals in a democratic system, they can always opt for full sharia system as in Saudi Arabia but punishments would then go before for a sharia court to decide officially not local police!

NimraKarim Mar 09, 2015 03:18pm

I second whatever that policeman said,with a legal system like this no wonder police are forced to execute criminals at the spot!I as a Pakistani completely condone and endorse this practice and i know most of my country agree with me