ISLAMABAD - Dispelling the impression of inefficiency and lacklustre performance on part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said that making a negative opinion on a few unresolved cases was not justified as the provincial police were performing far better than the police force of other provinces.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Pervez Khattak said that the police in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was performing their duties without any political influence.

He emphatically said that Police in KP performs much better than other provinces, and could not be judged on just a few unresolved cases. “KP Police is independent and should not be compared with other provinces,” he said.

“One or two cases are being flouted. This reduces the morale of the police force. Such cases do not mean that the police are not performing.” CM KP detailed the progress and measures which the provincial government has undertaken to reform the police force. He said that new sophisticated weapons have been provided to the police force. “We have five-star police stations in the province,” he added.

He said the KP police fought bravely during the terrorist attack at the agricultural university in Shabqadar, district Charsadda, and they expect that the police should be supported.

He further said the culture of favouritism and nepotism in the police has been eliminated and all postings are done purely on merit and the KP government has no influence over them. “Police postings based on favouritism have been eliminated. Now all jobs are provided after passing the NTS,” he said adding that competent and educated officers have been inducted in the police force.

The KP CM said that the province has passed through the worst situation and has witnessed several incidents of terrorism, and therefore the police should not be pressurised. “KP has passed through a lot and seen incidents of terrorism so I request everyone not pressurise them,” he said. He said there was no intelligence department in the province when he took over as chief minister, and a joint team was formed for intelligence-sharing and gathering.

He said that KP was the first province to set up a counter-terrorism department. He announced that a forensic laboratory will be set up in the province within a few weeks.