A 'slur' on the police

Sunday, April 12, 2009
Another conspiracy to defame and malign Pakistan has surfaced. This time, it's a news item according to which a police officer found gold and jewellery worth Rs225,000 and returned it to the owner. There are several things wrong with this story. The first, of course, is that the police in Pakistan are not trained to help the public. Most of the time they're on duty to protect the chosen few, like the VVIPs who periodically descend upon our cities and make our lives miserable. Secondly, even if a policeman ever finds anything, he thinks he's the owner ("finders keepers, losers weepers", as they say). It doesn't ever occur to him to return it to its owner. If there are such policemen in the country they should immediately be put under psychiatric treatment. Obviously, the whole story has been cooked up to make it appear that policemen in this country are mentally deficient and cannot be trusted. The CJP should immediately take suo motu notice of this incident and order the cop to appear before him.

Shakir Lakhani