Inspector General of Police Tariq Masood Yasin has said that Islamabad will be made a role model city in terms of security and peace.
Addressing a large gathering of business community at the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), he said business community is playing an important role by running the wheel of the economy and the police would take all possible steps to provide them with a favourable environment for growth of business activities.
He said many initiatives were underway to improve security for markets, industrial areas and the overall city. He said the business community should help with these initiatives in order to make them successful and result-oriented.
The IGP said he wanted to introduce community policing by involving local community in the efforts aimed at improving security situation in the city. He said new systems would be introduced to provide people friendly police services and information technology would be fully exploited to make the police a more efficient and effective institute.
He said a new ‘Reconciliatory Committee’ would be set up in police stations and assured that business community would be given a proper representation in such committees. He said his doors are always open for everyone and market unions could visit his office for finding out optimum solutions of their problems. He said people could also approach him through social media and he would try his best to resolve their issues.
In his address, ICCI President Atif Ikram Sheikh highlighted various police related issues of business community and requested the IGP to take concrete measures to resolve them. He said reconciliatory committees in every police station of Islamabad should be revived, and ICCI representatives should be included in such committees in order to resolve the issues peacefully.
He said in the past, police and market unions had signed an agreement, whereby in case of a complaint against any trader, police would contact the concerned market union before taking an action against the trader. He urged that said agreement should be revived as it was quite helpful in solving disputes peacefully.
He said police patrolling should be increased in markets and industrial areas to improve the security situation. He said that police should consider setting up a Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) to bridge the gap and build confidence of citizens in police services.
He said beggars are on the rise in Islamabad and are creating a nuisance for the business community. He stressed that police should take strong measures to purge Islamabad of such elements.