IG Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema addressed Under Training ASPs of 41st STP during inland study tour of National Highways & Motorway Police

The biggest challenge faced by the Police is neither scarcity of resources nor the shortage of manpower rather it is the trust deficit – a common man does not believe in police. People don’t consider them honest and also think that they lack the virtues of courtesy and sympathy. The masses also think that a predominant portion of police officers are ready to obey unlawful orders. In order to improve the image of police one has to be honest. One can only win the trust of the public through one’s character. The Inspector General Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema expressed these views during the inland study tour of under training Assistant Superintendents of Police of 41st STP to National Highways & Motorway Police, Islamabad. Your uniform would become a symbol of pride and prestige only if you develop the traits of honesty, courtesy and sympathy in your personality, he added. The Inspector General said” a dishonest and coward police officer does not command respect. Public will respect and adore you if you get your earning through honest means, be courageous and possess above board character”. He said your character would guarantee your respect from judiciary and politicians who would not dare to insult you. The I.G said “Courage is as important as honesty for a guardian. Firstly you should be honest, upright and impartial. Discharge your duties under the guidelines of Quad-e-Azam. Secondly, when facing crises you should stand firm, don’t retreat by getting leave or making yourself sick, otherwise mobs would force your police stations to get the culprits released”. If this happens, police would be mocked and ridiculed by the public and country would head towards state of anarchy, he said. The Inspector General Said” Everybody is responsible for the present situation, police have its own weaknesses and the government is not standing firm with police. The officers get involved in various cases and they have to sell their lands to contest the court cases. Resultantly, the Police officers get disappointed and don’t perform their job well.” During the study tour some officers also expressed their grievances and said ”a specific service group has become a favourite of the rulers and officers of this group are harvesting anti-police sentiments in Government and Police force, in return, is also showing concerns over it”. Inspector General advised them that in worst situations their ally should be their upright character.

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