ISLAMABAD: Police was found polite in 93 percent of the 175 monitored police stations in Pakistan’s two province of Punjab and Sindh, said a Free and Fair Election Network (Fafen) report re leased on Wednesday.
Around two-thirds of the police stations did not have separate registers to record requests seeking information while a similar number had no information access officers.
The Punjab and Sindh police departments had adopted the access to information policy several years ago, station house officers (SHOs) at 25 percent police stations were not aware of it.
Moreover, public had no access to copies of ‘challans’ presented in courts and FIRsat 56 percent and 18 percent police stations.
Observers who visited 175 police stations also found that the infrastructure was no better with 59 per cent of them housed in dilapidated buildings and 17 per cent lacking proper buildings, one-fourth did not have arrangements for drinking water and a similar number had no stationery, 99 percent police stations had vehicles with 98 percent getting fuel from the relevant department, 93 percent were equipped with wireless/telephone connections, 97 percent had electricity and 93 percent having fans.
It was observed that citizens were facilitated in registering FIRsat 95 percent of the stations. At 19 percent police stations, people were turned away at the gate. The July-September 2012 quarter saw 89 visits by government/elected representatives to 175 police stations meaning no oversight of at least half of the stations monitored.
The district police officers made the most visits (58), followed by regional police officers (11), members provincial assembly (3), member National Assembly and provincial minister (one each). Some other government/elected representatives made 15 visits.