ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Friday said the federal government would allocate Rs 2 billion in the upcoming budget 2018-19 for construction of a dedicated hospital for Islamabad Police.
While addressing a Darbar of Islamabad Women Police at police lines in Islamabad, Ahsan Iqbal said there must be a separate hospital for the Capital Police where its personnel could be provided the best medical facilities.
The Darbar was attended by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Dr. Sultan Azam Temuri, police officers and a large number of women police personnel.
The minister basic objective was to ensure a modern hospital for the Capital Police like other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) which had their own hospitals in different parts of the Country.
“We are taking this initiative from the Federal Capital and I hope provinces would also follow the same and construct dedicated hospitals for their police force,” he said.
Ahsan Iqbal said in the upcoming budget, more funds would be provided for Islamabad Police to address their problems. He said Rs 1 billion would also be allocated for setting-up an anti-riot force which was announced a few months back.
The interior minister assured that Islamabad Police would be equipped on modern lines and would be made an exemplary force for other law enforcement agencies by their performance and support from the community.
Ahsan said of the total 22, seven model police stations had been established in the Capital whose pattern might be replicated in other parts of the Country while the remaining would also be made model police stations in next phases.
“I congratulate the Islamabad police over the completion of this vision,” the minister said.
The minister said model policing was not a slogan and added that citizens might visit police stations without any fear to get their issues resolved without any approach. Every citizen should be treated as VIP at these police stations, he said.
The interior minister stressed for cooperation of community to ensure successful policing, and said the prime task to a policeman should be protection and assistance to aggrieved persons including children, women and other marginalized segments of the society.
Moreover, he said policemen and officials performing their duties at police pickets deserved appreciation as they were the ones owing to whom citizens could breathe in peace.
Ahsan Iqbal directed the IGP to enhance the current 2.5 ratio of women personnel in total strength of the Capital Police while more facilities such as modern day care centre, transport and accommodation be ensured for them.
The minister appreciated induction of women in Counter Terrorism Force Islamabad, congratulating them that they have chosen a profession which provides protection to citizens.