Police in Pakistan especially of Punjab = Deprived / Corrupt / Negligent


One organization apart from doctors, para-medic staff, Army working for 24 hours a day is a police. Police men in the police department in Punjab – Pakistan are not only deprived, negligent but also many out of all are corrupt.

In Pakistan, role of Police is multi-disciplinary.  They are not only used to control crime (of all types found in this world) but also being used for political and personal purposes.  I have personally witnessed that police men are facing tough time in Punjab province of Pakistan due to immense work pressure for 24 hours a day under very limited capacity especially they have very fewer personals to deal with the issues in the ambit of each police station. Each member from lower to upward grade till the position of Inspector (Station House Officer – S.H.O) are serving more then 12 hours a day during a duty. They have limited facilities such as salaries, allowance, sleeping place (if they are not from the city in which they are posted). Allowances for daily food are extremely limited, no separate hospital or schools like Army have for their men etc.  This along with some other factors contribute in their negligence, corruption (police is renowned for), mal-practice etc.

One staff officer of SP – Gujranwala city at the rank of A.S.I told that he was recruited in 1998 at the current rank and after 24 years of service he is till at the same position and no progress to the higher rank being made by the Police Department and now thinking to get early retirement. His qualification is Masters in Political Science and informed that he used to serve from 8:00 am morning to 12:00 pm night dealing with administrative / clerical issues of SP Office. He informed that Police has only being provided a trouser for uniform and he himself purchased other things like cap, shoes, shirt etc. Then the attitude of PSP officers (came after clearing CSS exams) vary from one to other and many do not play their role as true leader to their men. Police men have not been facilitated in having some rebate in transport service travelling from one place to others like being given to Army men. There is a rule in Pakistan Army that Commissioned Officer has to serve at least 2 months with their men to understand the difficulties and life patterns but in Police, who ever get selected from CSS exams and become high ranked officer does not serve such time and unable to understand the miseries of their men.

Many police men such as constables, A.S.I, Inspectors (above 50%  of total in Punjab Police & except PSP officers coming through CSS exams) have been recruited on non-merit basis and on political grounds. Political and influential’s use police for their own matters and purposes. People use to recruit their family members in police on order to get power in society they are living in, protection and benefits in future especially against their opponents.

I have witnessed that SHO of one of the main police station at Gujranwala city as extremely burdened with issues coming at a rapid pace in every second. He used to deal with 3 to 4 different types of issues at one time. Then he has very limited investigation staff (A.S.I) and each investigator has at least 30 to 40 cases to investigate and report. Then apart from investigation they have to go on field for any operation against criminals and on abrupt reports. The S.H.O is provided one small room to sleep their at police station. He and many others if belong to other city then their own find difficult to get leaves to meet them. If even they belong to the same city then they get back to home at such time when their family members are sleeping and couldn’t meet. The salary of S.H.O is Rs.57,000/month equivalent to $475 ( 1 dollar @ of Rs.120). If his expenses for month are above Rs.1,00,000 (one hundred thousand rupees) and under less facilities then he will surely take bribe and do illegal things.

The police men at police station used to avoid taking cases and do not register them unless you use some influential’s, higher police officers (PSP), political persons who pressurize them to register the complaint and then resolve it according to the merit. But merit is extremely rare and a plaintiff has to struggle to get relief.  The attitude of most of the police men at police station is extremely adverse and they don’t treat you well except few. I witnessed that people approached Mayor of Gujrat in 2017 to help because S.H.O of a police station is demanding bribe to register the case (F.I.R).  This happens with almost 70% cases in each day at each police station. You have to visit so many times to the police station to get your case registered. I have personally witnessed one of my deceased uncle in Punjab police (Finger print department) that he took bribe for work many a times.

There are only two ways to get a relief upon your complaint to police in Pakistan, one is to give them money/bribe and other to use influential persons to get work done i.e. Sifarish. The policing system is full of flaws, even on a simple case which should have to be registered and any police officer can easily get to know about crime has really happened, but police always try to avoid registering his case or plaintiff get to such stage that either he gives bribe or leave it to God for decision and help.

Someone stolen purse of my mother Liberty Market Lahore and it had not only a money but also National Identity Card in it and to remake card you should have police report with you to be submitted to NADRA. I went to the Liberty Market police station at night and met the reporting Incharge normmmally called Moharar in Urdu Language. Instead of writing the complaint and report about the incident, he starting investigation from me and behavior was extremely odd. A constable standing near by him just asked me to come with him and said “I will write your report, you don’t need to call anyone for help”.

A citizen always feel shy and reluctant to go to police station because of such irregular attitude and instead of resolving your complaint, you become culprit and defendant (hehehehe….).

Many citizens make fake complaints or register complaints with higher magnitude of circumstances then what ever happened in real. For Example, if some one stolen $5 dollars from the pocket but the citizen will register $50. The reason behind is either to pressurize victim or they know that if they register just $5 then they will get $3 from police after recovery.

The negative and irresponsible response / attitude of some police men (not all but many) has defamed the image of whole police department. Government is neither fulfilling the basic requirements of police nor of the citizens in form of complainants or victims.

 

(Above writing is based on my own perceptions and views)

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I casted my vote in 2018


I casted my vote in the elections of 2018 and the first time was in 2003 Presidential referendum for General Pervaiz Musharaf When i was a student (there was no check and balance on vote casting…it was just a joke elections)  & then 2nd time in 2013 elections. The similarities between the two time (2013 & 2018) was only one that in both times, candidate i voted lost the contest (hehehehehe……). Previous candidate was Mr. Imran Khan and this time Dr. Yasmeen Rashid, though it is her 3rd time defeat in a row.

This time i went around 4:45 pm near to evening and found myself very comfortable as neither there wasn’t any Que nor any hurdle or mis-behaving attitude by the people as i did faced in the last elections (already elaborated in the former article of 2013 elections about an un-even situation i did faced). The reason was the presence of army personels and a evening time when most of the constituency inhabitants had already casted their votes.

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Elections 2018 in Pakistan


New Elections after the completion of 5 years of Government shall be held on 25 July 2018 (exact after 1 day from the day i started writing this article). All the parties are same as were in 2013 elections except few which are new including religious organizations.

The parties have same manifesto as they had in 2013 or 40 years back such as PPP use “Roti Kapra or Makan” and name of Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (late) & Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto (Martyred). PPP is led by a new face i.e. Mr. Bilawal Bhutto (Who wont know what are the ground realities / problems faced by a common man in cities and rural area because he born with a golden spoon in his hand). PML-N use “Vote ko izat do” means give honor to vote and decision of people because honorable Court of Law has punished her leader Mr. Nawaz Sharif on false and hiding statements about his assets and work permit during elections of 2013. This party is led by Shabaz Sharif (brother of Mr. Nawaz Sharif looking forward to become Prime Minister). PTI with same slogan of correcting the govt organizations and justice for all but given tickets to many “Lota’s” who were part of the previous govt and changed their party after assuming reality that previous party may not get back its government again. MMA is a coalition of religious parties with different sects having a slogan of “Islamic Government” which is never liked by the people since 70 years and also each party which is a part of coalition hate each other on the basis of sects they belong to and lust for power.

One thing that i am really surprised and even know;

  • People have a high hope that who ever their favorite get elected will resolve their issues. These issues are not related to big picture of a country as a whole and people have no high concerns with  respect to foreign policy, betterment of national economy, correction of govt organization in provision of services, catching and punishment of corrupt people etc but high percentage in related to their local problems like clean drinking water, roads, bridges, sewerage system, housing, bringing rates down for daily use able items etc.
    • I would rather say that high percentage of people are self centered instead of looking at the overall situation of the country
  • People know that who is corrupt and who has wrongly made worst policies but they ignore this fact and still ready to vote for the person and on his name to his party members.
  • People highly give preference for voting to the person belong to their tribe / cast / creed / ethnicity etc even by the educated ones
  • The people of Sindh especially of Karachi unable to come out of the election slogan “Mohagir  =  Migrants” means those who migrated from India to Pakistan in 1947 and one party easily use this slogan to get their votes. More then 70 years have passed but people still consider them Migrants because;
    • they have been treated worse by many govt organizations in 70 odd years i.e. injustice
    • either they are self centered for their own
    • or they are ignorant of the facts or really trying to ignore
  • Local issues such as lean drinking water, roads, bridges, sewerage system etc is not the part of work of any electable person for the National or Provincial / State Legislative Assemblies but of local government personnels but vote is cased to the person who make promise to resolve it or previously done some work
  • Since 70 years, poverty has not been reduced for a single inch but levels have increased and parties will not try to bring its level down because its a only way to get the votes

Majority of people accepts that Mr. Zardari & Nawaz Sharif and some prominent figures have made money and assets through illegal means during 1990’s or late but they still love them and say “if they done or committed any mal-practice in past then what they have done some work like motorway, roads, supply of electricity etc“….i heard this type of words during interviews at some news channels.

Just take an example of Ephedrine case against PML-N candidate Mr. Hanif Abbasi whom recently sentenced for life imprisonment on clear evidence supplied by Australian Government but WHAT, people and the part leaders still love him. Shahbaz Sharif has said that he will back Mr. Abbasi on all levels.

“A worst situation happens in the life of any country where people backs and still love the criminals and elect them as their leaders”

One thing that Mr. Imran Khan has done right in the past 6 or 7 years is to develop awareness among people through public speeches about their rights and right to ask the electable or candidates for elections to inform about their performance in the past. But he many a times had ignored wrong doing of his own govt in KPK where almost he was in-charged as a part leader and policy maker. His govt ignored development of infrastructure of KPK which had to be made side by side when you are trying to correct govt organizations.

Mr. Shahbaz Sharif has done some good work in Punjab province especially during Dengue menace, cleanliness of Lahore city,  Forensic Testing Lab, Danish Schools, roads infrastructure,  etc

  • but he has focused much on Lahore and allocated almost all the provincial budget on Lahore especially on Orange Train which is not required at this moment when people of Lahore dont have better public transport facility on other roots apart from Orange Train route and health along with schools/educated need to be focused
  • he has ignored education and health in many ways like developing on Danish schools in some parts of Punjab and leaving 1000’s of already running govt schools with out good infrastructure
  • non development of hospitals and health facilities all across Punjab
  • development of 56 companies when govt departments are present to conduct work
  • recruitment’s on non merits during the govt of 90’s especially of Police Officers and since 2008 (One of his Minister / Chairman of many Boards (Mr. K.H) telephonically called my organizations (organization runs on public money) top position holder during Aug – Sep 2017 to illegally recruit his personnel / known individual at a seat having salary of PKR. 2,00,000 per month and the head of my organization agreed to that without showing any hesitation because he was frightened that if he didn’t had acted on the directions of Minister, he could have lost his job.

(Though Mr. Shahbaz Sharif was a better administrator then any other 3 provincial chief ministers in last 10 years but out of 100 things Mr. Shabaz Sharif has only corrected 5 and left / ignored others)

Unless and until people as a whole will not develop their minds for the one national cause instead of giving preference to local or personal matters / issues, prosperity will never be gained in any way.

It is the people who have the chance to select right and pious leader in all traits during 2018 elections but we will hardly see that. The reason behind is the non-development of free and mature mentality where you know the right, wrong and who is misleading you since 1947. (If you have high qualification like Masters or PhD and you still love the corrupt or know that a person is not wise to be made leader but you still vote for him is not a mentally mature person or education has not changed his mind except made him worthy to earn money for managing life or fulfilling desires)

(Above writing is based on my own views and perceptions)

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We are near to avoid traditional culture in future……


What i have observed in last some years that my city and even many parts of the country loosing the culture which was our hallmark.

  • People use to stand in honor of the teacher of school / college / university whenever pass nearby them
  • Neighbors used to exchange cooked food items on weekly or monthly basis but now trend is getting rare especially in posh areas
  • People were ready and more happier to give lift to passengers standing on the roads but it has decreased
  • Females of all ages use to take vail / dopata over their head whenever they listen the voice of Azan from nearby mosques
  • People are reluctant to advice others due to non-tolerance attitude and behavior.
  • About 20 years back, elders of certain area always took notice of those children’s playing at streets instead of going to school and colleges and personally send them back but now they are not doing the effort as they are afraid of retaliation
  • People were not shy and afraid to offer 5 times prayers at mosque apart from Ramadan but now few people go on regular basis
  • Family gatherings at home are getting fewer in number and people love to go outside for shopping
  • Children’s always greet there elders with respect but the respect level is decreasing day by day.
  • Children’s / young teens never had shouted during conversation with the elders but now they are doing so especially with parents
  • People loved to sleep in the natural air at night outside or on the top roof of their home with or without a fan but now majority have split AC in their homes and avoid natural air
  • Majority of the children’s were found in playgrounds playing different games but now they more concentrate and spend time on cell phones
  • the shopping trend in old and historic markets such as Anarkali, Shadman and Liberty have decreased at extreme low level because each area has their own market full of new brands
  • Young ones avoid going to family or religious gatherings
  • Relatives / friends use to live with the family of deceased for one day to may be a month in order to  share and help in their hard times but in cities, its almost rare

(Above points are based on my own views –  you may agree or not)

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Sharing some real Life happenings / experiences …….. 6 (My Presentation skills….)


Presenting information clearly and effectively is a key skill to get your message or opinion across and, today, presentation skills are required in almost every field in the current world. Whether you are a student, administrator or executive, you may very well be asked to make a presentation at PowerPoint and then present it physically.

I never new much about the PowerPoint presentation unless and until i went to the university for degree in Public Administration. It was the first semester and my subject teacher Professor Dr. Zafar Iqbal Jadoon informed in the initial lectures that we have to give presentation once in a week on assigned topics in a group of 3 to 4 students. He personally made those groups through a balloting and ordered that each group could consist of at least one girl and put me in with two girls (hehehe…). The reason of making groups and including one girl in each by the teacher was that;

  1. many male students were shy and they never wanted to be mixed or communicate/work with girls (these guys came from different parts of the interior Punjab province and were not immune to female working environment but others were extremely excitedhehehehe)
  2. teacher was preparing students for the future practical work which we had to face in the market after graduating from university and doing a job with any company

I was made part of a group having two girls, out of which, one was extremely rude in behavior and the other was decent. The girl with rude behavior misbehaved not only with me but with other girl upon irrational reason and i never become her partner for any assignment or presentation till the final year since that day.

My group was third in number (had to present in third week) and the Topic assigned to us was “Political, Financial/Economic & Administrative Situation from 1977 to 1988 in Pakistan” . We divided the topic in three parts (to cover our own parts) and i was given Political era of General Zia (1977 to 1988). I started preparing the topic and went to Library quite several times during the week before presentation day and studied several books. I prepared total 7 slides on the topic. There were three types of students found in the library, one who want to sleep or relax especially under the cool AC in summer days, 2nd was who wanted to talk or date to their favorite girls  under the umbrella  of completing assignments and third were those one or two students like me coming there due to compulsion of completing the study assignments….hehehehehe

I was quite frightened before the presentation time because it was a first time ever that i was presenting something on PowerPoint and coming to front dice after several years since graduating from high school where i won the prize in the debates competition. Adressing the Seminar_wordpress copyThe other reason was that before our group’s presentation, previous weeks two groups had faced a hot criticism and questioning from students on their presentation/topic and no appreciation was given neither by the students nor by the teacher.

The day came and i was the last to present my part of topic after two girls. I valiantly presented my part and answered each and every question of the students and teacher. I still remember, Professor Dr. Zafar Iqbal Jadoon (teacher) said in his remarks at the end of my presentation when he was informing that either we did good or bad in the performance;

“Azfar! a very well prepared topic and PowerPoint slides by you and more especially you tackled the questions brilliantly and answered the questions with rational reasoning”   

In the next minute, they all (teacher and class fellows) were clapping. After coming out of the class room, each of my class fellows congratulated me and for the next few hours, my presentation skills was the only topic being discussed all around and it was a hot topic of that day.

Since that day, i was renowned of my presentation skills and all other students were eager to make me part of their group.  Even that group girl with rude behavior always had tried and approached to make me part of her presentation group in other courses but i refrain and apologized.

I remember the presentation i gave in the last semester in the class of Professor Dr. Kashif Rathore (Marketing Strategy), he awarded me highest marks of 18 out of 20 and my group taken top position among others. I remember Professor Dr. Kashif Rathore said a word for my presentation performance:

“Brilliant” 

“Encouragement is important aspect which is only provided by others. Many people feel terrified when asked to present or talk to Public, but these initial fears can be reduced by good preparation which will also lay the groundwork for making an effective presentation and appreciation by the others”

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Debatable Lines – 35 (Luckiest Human Being on Earth)


Who is the luckiest human being on earth???….

There are numerous answer to this question. But following is the answer i consider as the best one;

Luckiest human being on this planet earth is the one who has got…..;

  1. Good health

  2. Free from all worries 

If  you think that wealthy person has all these above mentioned traits then you are wrong because if those wealthy human beings got enormous amount of money in the banks or have assets like land / properties, gold etc but they are surely worried about how to keep them secure and increase them all the time…so he / she is not a luckiest human….

from,

Azfar

(You may agree or not)

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Meeeeee…………….


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