Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that the provincial government as promised in the general elections, will introduce changes in the traditional Thana and Police culture and replace the existing Thana and Police system with a new public friendly and service oriented system so that the trust of the public in the police and Thana could be restored which is not possible until and unless there is a positive change in the attitude of police towards the common man, adding that his government, besides other measures, will revive the public safety commission on modern lines to bridge the gap of trust between the public and the police.
He said that an effective mechanism of intelligence will also be put in place in police while traffic police will be realigned on the pattern of Motorway police.
He was addressing as Chief Guest the concluding session of a two days workshop jointly arranged by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police and UNDP in Peshawar on Thursday to put forward recommendations to introduce reforms in Thana System.
Provincial Minister Shaukat Yousafzai, Country Director UNDP, Additional Inspector General Police Khalid Masood, elected representatives, scholars, lawyers, journalists, retired and in service police officers and representatives of civil society attended the session in large number. Qazi Mohammad Jamil of Police presented a report based on the recommendations and suggestions of the participants of the workshop.
The CM said that people have elected the present provincial government for change; and his government as per manifesto of PTI, is determined to bring about change in the existing system for which necessary instructions and policy guidelines have been issued to the administrative heads of all the government department adding that people will soon notice positive change.
He made it clear once again that he, as chief executive of the province will bring about change in the system very soon otherwise he will quit his office. He termed the holding of the workshop as a first step towards change in Thana culture and assured that the provincial government would act upon the recommendations of the workshop.
He stressed the need to have an effective mechanism of intelligence in the police, and said that such a system will be put in place very soon. Separate desks for women will be setup in all police stations, all basic facilities will be provided to police stations, police personnel will perform duties in shifts of maximum eight hours each, and two model police stations will be setup in each districts initially and gradually all the police stations will be converted into model stations; Khattak said.