Sleeping cells of banned outfits active in Pakistan: interior minister

Published November 26, 2021
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed inspects passing-out parade of assistant superintendents of police at the National Police Academy on Thursday. — PID
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed inspects passing-out parade of assistant superintendents of police at the National Police Academy on Thursday. — PID
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed poses with the passed out ASPs at the National Police Academy, Islamabad on Thursday. — Dawn
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed poses with the passed out ASPs at the National Police Academy, Islamabad on Thursday. — Dawn

ISLAMABAD: Sleeping cells of certain banned outfits are active in the country, said Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed here on Thursday.

Speaking at the passing-out parade of assistant superintendents of police at the National Police Academy (NPA), he said there were 78 banned outfits in Pakistan. Sleeping wings of certain banned outfits are carrying out activities, he added.

“Anti-state elements do not miss any opportunity of sabotage and the issue would be resolved if police joined hands with the citizens.”

Mr Ahmed said the police did not get the facilities and pay which they deserved.

Says anti-state elements do not miss any sabotage opportunity and this issue could be resolved if police join hands with citizens

People wanted the police to resolve every issue, he said, adding challenges for the law enforcement agencies had increased.

Criminals have become high-tech and crime get more coverage in the media. The ASPs got high-tech, anti-cybercrime training, he said.

People have two cameras in their pockets, Mr Ahmed said, adding a video clip of people fighting police gets viral within no time. But anyone who mistreats police should be handcuffed, the minister said, adding crime will decrease if police get respect in society.

The minister said a decision regarding allocation of 30 acres for the NPA will be taken in the current week.

He congratulated the officers on completing their basic training. Appreciating efforts of the NPA in the capacity building of police and other law enforcement agencies, he said the role and duties of law enforcement agencies in the stability and socioeconomic advancement of the country was of pivotal importance.

The nation is indebted to police for its sacrifices in the war against terrorism, he said. He added thattraining and courses for the police officers had been designed on modern lines with due emphasis on fundamental rights and rule of law.

Earlier, A.D. Khowaja, the commandant of the NPA, in his welcome address said there were 18 officers in the graduating batch.

The occasion was the culmination of an 18-month calendar. The course included extensive academic syllabi and various aspects of police management, criminal justice administration, community policing and crime management, he said.

Mr Ahmed later reviewed the parade and awarded trophies to the officers in different categories.

Awais Ali Khan was awarded for best physical training, retired Capt Sardar Mohammad Sheheryar Khan for best in parade, Khurram Mahesar for best in firing, Hussnain Waris for best in riding and Atif Ameer for best in discipline and academics.

Published in Dawn, November 26th, 2021

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