It’s time for a metropolitan police force

By Zubeida Mustafa

Today, crime is a game in which the police are better than the criminal. Only the MPF can control this situation.

The public’s perception of the police in Pakistan cannot be better illustrated than from this story doing the rounds a few years ago.

At an international convention of police officers, the representatives of some countries were bragging about their expertise. The head of the Scotland Yard said: “When a crime is committed, my men take barely a month to solve it and nab the criminal.” The FBI chief retorted, “Really. We are much quicker. It takes us only a fortnight.” The Soviet KGB head piped in, “Oh that is nothing. For us a week is enough.” At this point, the Pakistan delegate had the last word, “By the grace of Allah, we have no problems at all. We know about the crime even before it is committed!”

This might be only an anecdote spiced up with exaggeration. But it does speak of the phenomenon described at the criminalization of the police in Pakistan. Who doesn’t have a shocking tale to narrate about his/her experience with the custodians of the law? Continue reading “It’s time for a metropolitan police force”