KP ini­ti­ates re­ward-based ter­ror shar­ing in­for­ma­tion

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - STAFF RE­PORTER

PE­SHAWAR —Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa police has es­tab­lished an in­cen­tive based Police In­for­ma­tion Net­work (PIN) to serve as a plat­form for the cit­i­zens to win sig­nif­i­cant amounts of cash re­ward for shar­ing cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion about ter­ror­ists and their fa­cil­i­ta­tors. The net­work is ini­tially be­ing launched in Pe­shawar and will later on be ex­tended to other parts of the prov­ince. With the launch of PIN, cit­i­zens of Pe­shawar will be able to earn upto Rs 100,000 with­out com­pro­mis­ing their iden­ti­ties as re­ward for in­form­ing police about ter­ror­ists, ex­tor­tion­ists, tar­get killers and their fa­cil­i­ta­tors. The de­ci­sion to launch PIN was taken dur­ing a high level se­cu­rity meet­ing held in the of­fice

of the In­spec­tor Gen­eral Police last week. The meet­ing which was chaired by the IGP was at­tended by the heads of Spe­cial Branch, Counter Ter­ror­ism De­part­ment and Pe­shawar police. Dur­ing the meet­ing it was de­cided that a lot of valu­able in­tel­li­gence can be ob­tained from the fel­low cit­i­zens pro­vided they are con­fi­dent that their iden­ti­ties will re­main con­fi­den­tial. It was in this back­drop that the Stan­dard Op­er­at­ing Pro­ce­dure (SOP) for the work­ing of PIN was chalked out. Ac­cord­ing to the SOP, PIN will be per­son­ally han­dled by se­nior most of­fi­cers in­clud­ing DIG CTD, CCPO, SSP CTD and SSP Pe­shawar. The cit­i­zens hav­ing any cred­i­ble in­tel­li­gence about the said cat­e­gories will only have to send the term PIN as sms on mo­bile phones of the above men­tioned of­fi­cers. Th­ese se­nior of­fi­cers will then be con­tact­ing the sender per­son­ally for ob­tain­ing the in­for­ma­tion.

Though un­prece­dented the in­volve­ment of se­nior most of­fi­cers will help build public trust and cred­i­bil­ity of PIN. Plat­forms like PIN are be­ing used glob­ally by dif­fer­ent LEAs in­volved in counter ter­ror­ism and crime con­trol.

In fact if suc­cess­ful it can prove to be the most po­tent weapon in state’s counter ter­ror­ism arse­nal. In ad­di­tion to hav­ing de­vised mea­sures for keep­ing the iden­ti­ties of informer con­fi­den­tial, the police de­part­ment will also be giv­ing re­wards rang­ing from Rs 10,000 to Rs 100,000 to the in­form­ers whose in­for­ma­tion cul­mi­nates in a suc­cess­ful ap­pre­hen­sion or foil­ing of an at­tack.

Ac­cord­ing to the sources at Cen­tral Police Of­fice, an ag­gres­sive public­ity cam­paign will be launched dur­ing the next week with the ob­jec­tive of ap­pris­ing the public about the net­work as well as con­tact de­tails of of­fi­cers re­spon­si­ble for run­ning the net­work. The cam­paign will be si­mul­ta­ne­ously launched through ban­ners, pam­phlets, print me­dia and elec­tronic me­dia. If suc­cess­fully, the net­work will serve the dual pur­pose of help­ing LEAs iden­tify the mis­cre­ants and act as a de­ter­rent for the sleeper cells of dif­fer­ent mil­i­tant or­ga­ni­za­tions within set­tled ar­eas.

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