Advisor to chief minister Sindh for Information, Law, and Anticorruption Barrister Murtaza Wahab has said that select committee constituted on new police law will finalize draft of new police law by tomorrow (Wednesday) which will be presented in Sindh assembly in its next sitting adding that the committee has decided to recommend Sindh government to form Public Safety Commission on provincial and district level in sixty days after enactment of new police order from Sindh assembly.
Provincial advisor flanked by chairman select committee/minister agriculture Muhammad Ismail Rahoo, minister local government Saeed Ghani and minister energy Imtiaz Shaikh briefed media persons about the committee decision at Sindh Assembly on Tuesday.
Provincial Advisor said that meeting of select committee chaired by its chairman provincial minister for agriculture & prices Muhammad Ismail Rahoo held on Tuesday discussed new police law adding that they were moving with excellence towards making effective policing system in the province as well make police accountable and Sindh government had given positive gesture to opposition parties including PTI, MQM ,
GDA and civil society to incorporate their recommendation in new police order. But it is very unfortunate to say that opposition did not reciprocate to government positive gesture and PTI, MQM and GDA boycotted today session of select committee.
He said that the committee under better strategy will meet on Wednesday for building consensus with opposition and create unanimity on new police order. The provincial advisor said that recommendations of opposition leader was incorporate in the draft but they were bent upon making political point scoring and added that boycott of today’s meeting was without any reason.
He said that Inspector General Police was also invited by the select committee to know his opinion. He said that IG Police has accepted that Police order 2002 was a balanced law which provided independence as well made police accountable.
Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that civil society members, who had filed petition, have also been invited by the committee. He said that the civil society member opined that their basic intention for filing petition was for revival of 2002 police order and formation of Public Safety Commissions.
He said that it was mentioned in the terms of reference of committee to review the Police Order 2002. He said that it was manifesto of PTI that not two, one Pakistan and we (Sindh government) also believe in one Pakistan. He said that they were not in favor that absolute power rest with one person and added transfers and postings should be done with the consultation of chief executive of the province and police chief.
He said that transfer and postings of police in Punjab, KpK and Baluchistan were done with the consultation of chief ministers of the province.
To a question, he dispelled the impression that Sindh government wanted to keep the powers of police and added that powers will be transferred through Public Safety Commission.