Implementing the Police Reforms Committee Report-2019


Implementing the Police Reforms Committee Report-2019

Kamran Adil

It is an acknowledged fact that the justice sector of Pakistan is not in an ideal condition. Much is required to ameliorate this situation. In this regard, besides initiating expeditious justice projects in form of model criminal courts, model civil appellate courts and model magistrate courts, the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa is overseeing implementation of the Police Reforms Committee Report-2019 (hereinafter the Report). The Report was prepared by retired police officers after they were mandated to do so by the former Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, through a notification that institutionalized the effort into the work of a statutory body, the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan (LJCP). In line with its Terms of Reference (ToRs), the Report addressed three core areas: (a) constitutionality of police laws and recommending a draft model police law, (b) professional issues that affect working of police, and (c) the cross-cutting legal issues that relate to police.

With concrete recommendations, the Report was launched on 14th January 2014. The incumbent CJP, after assuming the office, started personally supervising the implementation of the Report by constituting a Steering Committee comprising retired and serving police officers. Bringing the retired police officers and the serving Inspectors General of Police (IGPs) of the four provinces and three federal territories, i.e. the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) was an administrative innovation. The CJP started holding meetings every month and quietly saw to it that the recommendations are implemented. He started with professional issues of policing as these affect the public at large. He, very wisely, did not touch the recommendations about legislation that fall in the domain of the legislature. In the arena of professional issues, the first that was implemented was an effective and efficient system of police complaints.

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