Peshawar: KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak during his visit of Nowshera inspected the offices of Police Assistance Lines (PAL) and Dispute Resolution Council (DRC).
Besides Speaker KP Assembly Haji Asad Qaider, Minister for Excise & Taxation Mian Jamshedudin Kakakhel, MPA of the area Mohammad Idrees Khattak, Chairman and judge of DRC Raj Mohammad Khattak and members of DRC, the IGP Nasir Khan Durrani accompanied him on this occasion.
The IGP briefed the Chief Minister that the decision to launch PAL was taken keeping in mind the troubles and difficulties faced by ordinary citizens pertaining to their everyday matters relating to police department.
The project aims to redress the general public’s grievance about the presumed reluctance and hesitation of local police station staff with regards to everyday minor issues like lost items reporting, character verification etc. It is meant to facilitate public to resolve issue without going to Police Station.
During visit of the office of DRC, the IGP briefed him about its objectives saying that it was established to provide a forum for amicable resolution of petty disputes that turn out into long standing enmities between families.
The Chief Minister said that the foremost principle of his government was providing justice to the people at the gross root level and hoped that this initiative would provide door step and immediate justice to the aggrieved.
Similarly he said this would not only build confidence in the masses towards the Police but also would put an end to the Thana Culture. He desired for publicizing DRCs at Mohallah and mosques level so that maximum people could be informed of its utility and their petty problems solved amicably.
Pervez Khattak said that making police force independent and autonomous body was infact the first step to provide protection of life, property and honour to the unrest stricken people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said that complaints about saluting the rich and beating the poor at police stations would then become stories of the past. He said every innocent would be given respect and criminal would be dealt with iron hand by police onward.
He said the establishment and strengthening of new sections and training schools in police department including investigation, intelligence and combat would not only improve the professional capability of police force but would help in redressing problems of the masses in general.
Chief Minister said that Imran Khan give us the vision of changing the system while the people gave us a massive mandate for the purpose. He said PTI-led coalition govt has introduced new and comprehensive laws for the benefit and comfort of people that included Right to Information and Right to Services in particular while a number of other welfare oriented laws were also in the pipeline, he added.
He asserted that mega projects could not change lot of the poor but giving them due rights and justice could guarantee to change their life and prosper accordingly.
Later Pervez Khattak also visited district jail Nowshera and met its inmates to apprise himself of their problems. The prisoners were glad to see the Chief Executive of the province enquiring about their plight. He also checked the standard of the food items given to the prisoners by tasting it himself.
He directed the provincial minister Mian Jamshed to again visit the jail within couple of days to ascertain about the real problems of the jail inmates and report to him. Chief Minister also visited Nowshera bazar and met his acquainted shopkeepers by walking to them.
He on this occasion also mixed among the people in the bazar, exchanged Salam with them and knew about their problems as well as assure its proper resolution.