A petition filed by civil rights activists in favor of A.D. Khowaja in Sindh Hight Court has turned out to be an exemplary one. It has ceased the power of the politicians to juggle everything accordingly. Sindh ruling party has tried to harness all the institutions under it but has failed time and again. It isn’t a matter of right or wrong neither is about the probable corruption of those who intend to manipulate the system. Rather, it is about the smooth system, it is about the autonomy of all the institutions and it is about the way a good democracy should work. If one entity aims to rule other institutions, legally or illegally, then it in no way is less than dictatorship. Politicians from Sindh have considered being overly witty, cautious and notorious for turning all the tables in their favor. Story of attempting to control the institutions isn’t a new one in our political cadre. Lately, Sindh Assembly passed a bill to repeal the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance 1999 under which the bureau would have lose its right to take action against the provincial government’s institutions and officers. This issue has its own repercussions but the government’s notification for the removal of A.D. Khowaja was seen by all as merely politicizing the police force of the country. Pakistan’s judiciary has always played its role when it comes to the prevalence of democracy in the country. The ruling on A.D.Khowaja case has proven the adherence of judiciary to the democratic system. PPP government withdrew powers of IG police on transfers and postings within the police department. But court has made it clear that no government has such right and in case of IG Sindh no strong reasons were stated to part him from his duties. This ruling of the court has done much good to the tinted police departments of the country. No commoner relies on police as the sole source of shield against crimes. This department has lost its credibility due to increased political interference and lack of regulation. Mr Khowajah who aims to make the system more transparent and merit-based has brought trust of the public back in police. His fearless raids and press conferences against anti-state elements have brought much misery to his profession but he the court of justice has brought him the prestige that officers of his alike actually deserve.
Police has lost its credibility due to increased political interference, corruption and lack of regulation.