Po­lice­men, a vul­ner­a­ble lot

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - BI­LAL MAN­ZOOR

Our po­lice­men are cor­rupt; they don’t care about pub­lic; they are in­com­pe­tent and what not. These are the rants which we of­ten here and it’s now a pub­lic per­cep­tion about law en­forcers. Ev­ery one blames them for their in­com­pe­tency but no one want to go to the roots, no one want to know why the po­lice who pledges to pro­tect the cit­i­zens has be­come so di­luted. It is a firmly em­bed­ded is­sue with var­i­ous hori­zons. The ker­nel of the is­sue is lack of fa­cil­i­ties. A con­sta­ble with a mea­ger salary is asked to do his duty whether it is swel­ter­ing hot or freez­ing cold. He is ex­pected to fight ter­ror­ists who are equipped with all kind of lat­est arse­nal, with an out­dated ri­fle. He is not pro­vided with a bul­let proof vest yet he has to stop a sui­cide bomber, no mat­ter if he lays his own life do­ing that. If he needs to move, he ei­ther has to ask for a lift or have to jos­tle in pub­lic trans­port and just imag­ine this “a po­lice­man ask­ing a lift from a cit­i­zen who he has to pro­tect’’. Let’s look through another hori­zon. A po­lice­man pro­tect­ing the kids of his of­fi­cer who study in elite pri­vate schools while his own chil­dren have a vague fu­ture as they are study­ing in gov­ern­ment schools. A guard stand­ing out­side a lav­ish house of his of­fi­cer while his own house, doesn’t even have a strong struc­ture to sus­tain a rain­fall, what to talk of an earth­quack. His of­fi­cers are paid hand­somely just to sit in air con­di­tioned of­fices and take medals for his brav­ery, while he who is sub­jected to mis­eries gets a salary that not even suf­fice for a nor­mal life. O’Kay, af­ter all that, if he be­comes a mar­tyr in a cross- fire, what he gets, a guard of hon­our on his fu­neral, a bou­quet laid by a Min­is­ter on his cas­ket, a petty amount “honour­ing” his brav­ery for which his fam­ily has to face all kind of red- tapes, ad­di­tion of a word ‘ Sha­heed’ with his name as a suf­fix for a cou­ple of years af­ter his mar­tyr­dom and then what? His fam­ily is left to face all the sor­rows and no one cares how the peo­ple who are sur­vived by him, are liv­ing. Af­ter all that, he is ex­pected to per­form his duty with high spir­its and have to keep a high morale. — Karachi

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