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Restructuring the police

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Police reform is a complex endeavour. Attempts at Police reforms in other countries have exemplified the issues that may arise if it isn’t implemented properly across the entire police force. However, before deliberating on the kind of reforms you want to execute, you must first consider the different types of policing that are present in Pakistan, and the distinct circumstances that affect each part of the country.

Every police force is divided into separate units, each with a specific mandate. All of them have particular duties, and these can vary as the situation demands. The nature of their job can also change depending on where they are currently posted, as their function in Karachi for example, will be vastly different than it would be in a remote village in Balochistan. This is because the proponents of police reform, based on the western concept of community policing, don’t realize that it is not applicable in a non-permissive security environment. So when we take these factors into account, the dichotomy between the different types of police and the security environment become all too clear. Without a proper understanding of these opposing features, it will be impossible to draft suitable security........

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