Inclusion of access to information policy in police act urged

Islamabad: The civil society demanded inclusion of the Access to Information Policy in the Punjab Police Act 2013 effectively. It regretted that unfortunately it is not being implemented or practiced in the present police culture.

This was stated by Syed Kausar Abbas, programme manager of the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI). He said that the Punjab government is in the process to introduce Punjab Police Act 2013, but they have ignored Access to Information Policy.

He demanded that the Punjab government should include Access to Information Policy in the Police Act 2013 which would strengthen the working environment of the police department. He said that right to information is practiced in more than 100 countries of the world and the police department should enhance the capacity of its officials to share information with the public.

He further said that this is imperative for the police reforms to give access to information to the public. Kausar Abbas said that the Inspector General of Punjab Police should form information desks along with the designated information officials in all the police stations of Punjab.
The News International

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