Punjab Justice Minister Basharat discusses terms of reference for police reforms

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Punjab Justice Minister Muhammad Basharat Raja chaired a Cabinet committee meeting on Thursday and discussed terms of reference on Punjab police reforms.

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The meeting was attended by Provincial Irrigation Minister Mohsin Leghari and relevant civil and police officers. The meeting set up a sub-committee to recommend amendments to the Police Ordinance 2002, which will make preliminary recommendations within 10 days. The sub-committee will be made up of an additional Inspector General of Police, a Prosecution Secretary, a Special Home Secretary, a retired Inspector General of Police and a former SP .

Addressing the meeting, the Justice Minister said the aim of police reforms was not to reduce or increase powers but to improve service delivery. “Changes in the order of the police are inevitable after 20 years”, observed the minister.

On the instructions of Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, concrete steps are being taken to improve the culture of Thana (police station), he said, adding that there is an urgent need to remove obstacles to timely promotions of officers. subordinate police.

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“The current government has accelerated the speed of promotions for senior subordinates,” Raja said. He added that the conviction rate could be increased by removing weaknesses in the investigation system. According to the Minister of Justice, the prevention of gender crimes, the registration of cases and the investigation of these cases are being improved. “In this regard, changes are underway in criminal procedures and other relevant laws,” the minister added.

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