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Ray
06 May 06,, 18:07
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Worsening law and order:

HRCP says govt ‘legitimising’ crime

* Gangsters harassing people on a daily basis
* Citizens’ security not government’s priority

By Ali Waqar

LAHORE: The government appears to have failed to protect the freedom and security of its citizens in wake of worsening law and order and the growing number of gangsters in the city, IA Rehman, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) director, told Daily Times on Friday.

Highlighting the dangers being faced by citizens because of the increasing crime rate, the HRCP director said the present government had lost the moral ground to grill law enforcement agencies over protecting citizens, the right to life, freedom and security.

“The government has no such issue on its priority list,” he said, adding that the situation was worse compared to pervious regimes. He said gangsters, robbers and young criminals on motorcycles were attacking the freedoms and rights of Lahore’s citizens regularly and such incidents were increasing rapidly, while law-abiding citizens feared police patrols at night.

“Although the present situation has been experienced earlier, the number of violent strikes in the city in the past few weeks have increased. The press reports at least 12 to 20 robberies in the city every day while incidents of cell phone and purse snatching at gunpoint and beating of citizens by criminals for paltry sums is not considered serious enough by police to register a case,” he said, adding that law and order statistics, criminal trends, their psychology and ratio were not being studied. “There is a need to identify such criminals,” he added.

The government and law enforcement agencies appeared to be uncommitted and not serious about controlling the situation, he said, adding, “The government has focussed on the number of personnel and their logistics, but has never wanted to change the basics, structure, services and mindset of law enforcement agencies. He said police had failed completely and no new investigation methods had been introduced.

He said, “This has resulted in criminals not fearing the law and believing they can get away even after committing a crime.”

He gave examples of senior officials indulging in plea bargains through the National Accountability Bureau and the alliance between police and political actors, where the latter used the police as a tool to maintain their grip on power. He said, “It feels as if the present government has legitimised crime. It is shocking to know that citizens and private companies have been asked by the government and police to arrange private security guards for safety purposes.”

“Why are police officials transferred and not sacked for administrative failure?” he asked. “The local council system has no role in controlling the situation and citizens don’t trust the police. Police only protects the interests of those in power,” he added.

Political parties, especially the opposition, were almost zero in highlighting the issue, he said, adding, “They must highlight this issue in assembly sessions and during the upcoming election. Provinces, through amendments in the Police Order, have also sidelined the role of district governments.”

He said, “The HRCP looks at the issue in a bigger context. This chaos is connected to our political system, economy and lack of commitment to guarantee freedom and security. In short, it’s a complete package that needs serious consideration.” He said that for a prompt solution government authorities must hold officials responsible and be stern.
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2006\05\06\story_6-5-2006_pg7_38

platinum786
06 May 06,, 18:10
how is crime linked to the economy?!

more money means more ppl to rob???

Karthik
06 May 06,, 18:12
"The HRCP looks at the issue in a bigger context. This chaos is connected to our political system, economy and lack of commitment to guarantee freedom and security. In short, it’s a complete package that needs serious consideration.”

Does the HRCP have a legal standing as an independent body in Pakistan?

Like the NHRC here in India?

Gautam
06 May 06,, 18:13
how is crime linked to the economy?!

more money means more ppl to rob???

Clue
Economy whether growing or contracting on average increases the diff between have and have nots ;)

Perfect recipe for crime.

Karthik
06 May 06,, 18:13
how is crime linked to the economy?!

more money means more ppl to rob???

Thats right. As long as people think like you, that is.