ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmad on Thursday said police would have to work hard to come up to the expectations of the people.
Addressing the passing out parade of Assistant Superintendents of Police held here at National Police Academy, the Interior Minister emphasized the need for better relations between police and public to improve law and order.
He said the police are performing their responsibilities with diligence and never hesitate to render their lives in the line of duty. More than 7,000 policemen embraced martyrdom to protect the lives and property of people.
However, he said police never received its due recognition and stature from people despite its tireless services.
The Interior Minister said challenges had increased for the police department, adding, our overt and covert enemies miss no opportunity to carry out sabotage activities in the country.
He expressed the confidence that the police would live up to the expectations of people and would never refrain from any sacrifice to maintain law and order.
The minister said there is no restriction on media in Pakistan and citizens’ journalism was at its peak, adding they report each and every incident immediately with complete details so it was not possible to hide anything from the general public.
Policemen had to perform their duties in a difficult situation that needed public support a number of times, emphasizing that there is a dire need to strengthen police-public cooperation.
He said those officials who were passing out had been imparted training as per modern policing techniques and urged them to serve people professionally.
These officers were entering in new life and their responsibilities were also increasing, he said and wished them success.
He urged the corps to facilitate people visiting police stations and redress their grievances within the least possible time.
Police-public cooperation was key to ensuring peace and tranquility in the society, he said, and appreciated policemen performing their duties round the clock.
The minister said that issue of 30 acres of land for the National Police Academy would be settled in the next week. Later, he was awarded prizes among distinction holders of the training.