LAHORE: Newly appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Usman Anwar said on Tuesday as per the instructions of the caretaker government and the election commission, he would ensure transparency and peace in the province during the upcoming provincial assembly elections.

He also said steps would be taken under a proactive policy to safeguard the province from the wave of terrorism. The process of eliminating terrorists as well as their facilitators and miscreants would be accelerated.

The IGP said this while sharing his policy priorities with the media. He said along with free registration of crimes, police response would be improved for promoting a sense of security among the public. He also stressed that combing and intelligence-based operations would be expedited in the vicinities of schools, colleges, hostels and dens of professional criminals to stamp out the menace of drugs from society.

The police chief further said the legislative process would be completed for the recruitment of family members of martyred police officials. “The doors of my office will always be open for the citizens as well as the force and the open-door policy will be promoted for direct communication with citizens from the IG office to the police station level,” he stated.

He also said women personnel were the most important part of the force and would be given priority postings in commanding positions. He assured that coordination with the Federal Investigation Agency would be improved to prevent crimes related to telephonic fraud and cybercrime so that the process of punishing those involved in financial irregularities and harassment of women could be accelerated.

Meanwhile, in his second posting as the Lahore police chief, Bilal Siddique Kamyana said maintenance of law and order, free registration of FIRs, merit-based transparent investigation along with crime control would be his top priorities.

He said the culture of public-friendly police would be promoted so that people could visit police stations for the redressal of their grievances without any fear and hesitation.

The projects related to information technology, public-friendly approach towards police and community policing would continue and further improved to ensure the protection of life and property of people, he concluded.

Published in Dawn, January 25th, 2023

Opinion

Editorial

What next for PTI?
Updated 23 Feb, 2024

What next for PTI?

THE incoming government has been carved up. With the major offices apportioned between the PML-N and PPP, the...
Tackling debt
23 Feb, 2024

Tackling debt

MANY would tend to describe a new report warning that the country is headed for “inevitable default”, which will...
Imprisoned abroad
23 Feb, 2024

Imprisoned abroad

THE issue of Pakistani prisoners imprisoned in foreign jails crops up regularly, particularly during parliamentary...
On a leash
Updated 22 Feb, 2024

On a leash

Shehbaz will not find it easy to introduce the much-needed major changes to the economy without running into resistance.
Shameful veto
22 Feb, 2024

Shameful veto

THE US has scored a hat-trick by vetoing, for the third time, a resolution in the UN Security Council calling for an...
Truth under threat
22 Feb, 2024

Truth under threat

AS WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange mounts a last-ditch effort against being extradited from the UK to the US, one...