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he recent change of governments in the Punjab has been followed by a quick, politically motivated shuffling of senior police officers in the province in general and in Lahore in particular. The move, initiated apparently to ensure strong political control over the police, has jolted the police hierarchy to the core. Many career officers are still struggling to find a safe path for survival.

Those quick to pledge allegiance to new political masters have been rewarded with appointment to prized posts. Those failing to do so have either been made officers on special duty (OSDs) or transferred to less significant assignments. The most recent casualty has been DIG Kamran Adil who reportedly refused to dance to the tune of the new political leadership. Sources in the police say DIG Adil was asked to arrest some high-profile political opponents of the government in false cases and interrogate them. However, the former chief of investigation wing, expressed his inability to do so. He was then warned in a high-level meeting that if he didn’t carry out orders he would have to face the music. His refusal resulted in his removal from the office.

The reshuffle, seen as a result of the political wrangling between the government led by Chief Minister Parvez Elahi and the opposition led by the former chief minister Hamza Shahbaz has further aggravated the situation. Its impact has been felt even in the lower ranks of Lahore police. This is apparent from the fact that shortly after the transfer of CCPO Bilal Siddique Kamyana and both the DIGs in charge of Operations and Investigation wings of the city police, a large number of the SPs, DSPs, SHOs and IOs too have been transferred.

The question that arises here is whether the wholesale transfers and postings have had an impact on the overall law and order situation in the city. Also, if the process continues what will its impact on the overall police work be?

It is pertinent to note the fact that despite the major shuffling of the hierarchy of the city police, the crime graph has showing no improvement. It still shows an upward trend, particularly in incidents of robbery. The City division tops the list in this regard; Saddar and Cantonment divisions are close runners-up.

Police officers, from top to bottom, appear to be disgruntled. Few of them are entertaining the hope of positive change. Most of them have relinquished the notion that postings, transfers and promotions can be gauged on the basis of performance. Most of them feel that in the current dispensation personal liking alone can guarantee good placement. It is important therefore for one to be in the good books of their political bosses.

It is pertinent to note that despite a major shuffling of the police hierarchy in the city, the crime graph has shown no improvement. It still has an upward trend particularly in incidents of robbery. 

So why are political leaders so anxious to control the police force. The answer is very simple. They understand that the police is a powerful tool to retain power over. It can help them solve many problems for their voters and supporters.

The police stations, especially in Lahore, are seen as a source of power. A politician’s worth in the eyes of his voters is often determined by the influence he can exercise over the police. Moreover, as the transfers of district police officers (DPOs) are at the discretion of the chief minister, some police officers are always seeking the CM’s dear and near ones in the hope of getting a prized post.

Interestingly, if a police officer approaches a political leader and requests a prized post, it is not considered corruption. However, such favours come at a cost. For starters, they take a toll on merit so that the law and order situation deteriorates.

The indebted police officers have to return the favour in police inquiries and in posting of SHOs, no matter how destructive it is for the law and order in their area. Few officers can claim to have gotten a good posting in Lahore without political patronage. Being made an OSD is seen as a punishment reserved for officers who do not serve the interests of the politicians.

Talking to The News on Sunday (TNS), DIG Kamran Adil, in charge of Training and Legal branch, says the aim of the Police Order 2002 was to resolve the excessive use of force, abuse of authority, and political interference in police operations and administration. However, he says, political interference in police matters is a harsh reality. “Control over police is every Pakistani politician’s desire. It gives them the power to harass and oppress people and make the lives of their adversaries miserable,” he says. “While in power, many politicians want their opponents to fear accountability for corruption and abuse by the police”, he adds.

The DIG says, “the police officers who succumb to political pressure to get postings of their choice are soon forced to misuse their authority. There is a disinclination then towards registration of FIRs, use of third degree (torture), extrajudicial killings, unjustified and unwarranted arrests, and counterfeiting of evidence.”

He says widespread political interference in the selection and recruitment, transfer and promotion of police officers and day-to-day activities has made policing difficult.

“The police’s ability and willingness to fight crime and corruption and to abstain from high-handedness, extra-judicial killings and torture, has been affected,” he says.


The writer is a senior journalist. He can be reached at ahsanzia155@gmail.com


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New Mexico Supreme Court upholds dismissal of corruption charges against four officials

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ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is calling on lawmakers to strengthen the state’s anti-corruption law.

A recent ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of criminal charges against four defendants, and Balderas told the Albuquerque Journal that the court “took away from citizens a very necessary tool to prosecute public officials who use their public office for their own personal gain.”

The case dealt with the dismissal of ethics charges against a series of former public officials, including former Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez, an ex-Sixth Judicial District Attorney Francesca Estevez, former New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla and ex-San Juan County Magistrate Judge Connie Lee Johnston.

In each of the cases, district courts dismissed the charges but the state appealed the verdicts. The cases were lumped together in from the Supreme Court as each centered on the enforcement of three provisions in the Governmental Conduct Act — subsections that direct officials to treat their positions as a public trust, conduct themselves in a way that justifies the confidence placed in them by the people and disclose conflicts of interest.

Two of the cases involved elected officials from southern New Mexico.

Gutierrez was removed from office after he was found guilty on civil charges of public corruption or gross immorality by a public official in 2016, after sexual harassment allegations were raised by a woman who worked in the office. But criminal charges against Gutierrez were dropped in 2016 by an Alamogordo District Court judge before a trial could begin.

Estevez, the DA for Hidalgo, Luna and Grant counties, faced multiple ethics charges after she allegedly intimidated police to subvert an investigation after she was pulled over in June 2016 for reckless driving in Silver City. Though Estevez would accept a plea deal in 2018 — pleading guilty to one count of reckless driving and two counts of disorderly conduct — a criminal corruption charge against her was dismissed by Third Judicial District Judge Douglas Driggers.

The state appealed the dismissal of the criminal corruption charges against Gutierrez, Estevez and others and in 2020 the New Mexico Court of Appeals reversed three of four decisions, including against the two against southern New Mexico officials.

The high court, however, unanimously ruled the sections of the GCA were never intended by legislators to be enforced as criminal statutes and the language doesn’t “spell out what act or omission is required for its violation and does not establish criminal elements that could inform clear jury instructions.”

The state Legislature is set to open a 60-day session in January when lawmakers may take up legislation revising ethics laws and other statutes, according to the Journal.

Balderas, a Democrat whose term ends this year, told the newspaper that he’s urging lawmakers to work with the ethics agency to “strengthen these laws in order to build public trust with our community which has grown skeptical and tired of corruption.”

This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: New Mexico Supreme Court upholds dismissal of corruption charges against four officials


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PN MP Beppe Fenech Adami has called for a police update after the news broke that the European Union’s anti-fraud office is investigating the Marsa junction project.

The MP was addressing Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri in Parliament.

The European Union’s anti-fraud office is investigating the Marsa junction project after data found on Yorgen Fenech’s mobile phone indicated the possibility of corruption, the Times of Malta reported on Sunday. The newspaper said that data on the phone revealed that Fenech had a background role as a middleman in the project and that he had been promised €2 million in success fees – half of which would pass through a secret company linked to the infamous 17 Black.

“Had the authorities sent for the former chief of staff, or for the former prime minister to ask them if they knew anything? Did they know how the €40 million tender was awarded to one bidder and not the other?,” Fenech Adami asked.

Asked outside parliament later during the day by sections of the press, Prime minister Robert Abela said that he did not know about the Marsa flyover being probed by the European’s prosecutor’s office over corruption suspicions.

Fenech Adami also asked for an explanation as to how a four year old who was on a migrant boat in national waters was left to die cause of a lack of a search at sea  in four days.

“I know this will not make me popular, but we must have the guts to say that it is not right that a four-year-old girl dies from thirst in an area which the country is responsible for,” he said.

The girl, Loujin was travelling with her mother on a boat amongst some 60 Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian migrants at the end of August, with the intention of sailing from Lebanon to Italy. They had been adrift for days and the girl died while being airlifted to a hospital in Greece.

Fenech Adami stated that Malta has certain international obligations, despite the Opposition’s clear position that the country’s laws should be respected, that criminals should be prosecuted, and that human trafficking should not be facilitated.

The PN MP wants that Minister Camilleri “come clean” and provide all relevant information regarding the case.

Fenech Adami said that this criticism is not intended towards AFM workers who carry their work dutifully.

“When I criticise, I am not criticising the courageous soldiers. I am criticising, very harshly the political decisions taken,” he said.




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ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is calling on lawmakers to strengthen the state’s anti-corruption law.

A recent ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of criminal charges against four defendants, and Balderas told the Albuquerque Journal that the court “took away from citizens a very necessary tool to prosecute public officials who use their public office for their own personal gain.”

The case dealt with the dismissal of ethics charges against a series of former public officials, including former Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez, an ex-Sixth Judicial District Attorney Francesca Estevez, former New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla and ex-San Juan County Magistrate Judge Connie Lee Johnston.

Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez testified in his trial, Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

In each of the cases, district courts dismissed the charges but the state appealed the verdicts. The cases were lumped together in from the Supreme Court as each centered on the enforcement of three provisions in the Governmental Conduct Act — subsections that direct officials to treat their positions as a public trust, conduct themselves in a way that justifies the confidence placed in them by the people and disclose conflicts of interest.


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