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Policing culture has been changed by modern inventions!

LAHORE: Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Capt (R) Arif Nawaz Khan said modern inventions in information technology have changed policing culture and the Punjab police have not only adopted the IT reforms for upgrading their systems but also set a precedent for other police forces.

He said this while addressing officers after meeting IGP Sindh AD Khawaja at committee room, here on Thursday. He said that efficient use of information technology to face the challenges of modern policing along with mutual sharing of digital software of provincial police forces is the need of hour by which anti-social elements will be eliminated.

He said that with the signing of an agreement of digitalized criminal data sharing, the movement of criminals would be restricted and other provinces should also follow the traditions of this mutual sharing. The IGP Sindh was here to ink an agreement with the IGP Punjab for digital data sharing of criminals. AD Khawaja termed the agreement a milestone and said that Punjab police had always been a role model due to its reforms for other provinces.

Many steps have been taken by Punjab police which were replicated by other provinces and collecting data of individuals having criminal records was a step forward in this regard. DIG IT Shariq Kamal Siddiqi briefed the officers about the IT initiative.



KARACHI: Grace Shelton, the Consul General of US, has handed over six armored personnel vehicles (APVs) worth Rs.150m to the Baluchistan police officials here at an event today.

Speaking on the occasion Consul General said: “The recent targeted killings of Baluchistan police officers shows just how dangerous policing can be in Baluchistan and how we cannot rest in determining ways to keep law enforcement officers safe.

“The United States Government hopes these vehicles and the other protective equipment can help protect these brave officers while they continue to fight crime and terrorism.”

The vehicles were built by the American company Lenco and were designed specifically for the rough terrain of Baluchistan and easy maintenance locally.

In addition to the APVs, the United States recently donated 4,000 bullet resistant vests, mine and explosives detectors, bomb suits, and bomb blankets.  The total donation was in excess of US$7m.



M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.