12pc police stations without proper buildings: Report
07 September, 2012
ISLAMABAD: At least 12pc police stations do not have proper buildings despite alternatives being available, a survey report stated. The report released on Thursday by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) said that it visited 171 police stations in 98 districts during the April-June quarter.
The report found that at least 70 stations were operating in dilapidated buildings.
Out of these, 27 were in Punjab, 19 in Sindh and seven were in Balochistan. The report stated that at least 53 police stations had unhygienic lockups. It said that 159 had lavatories for staff and inmates while 167 had the facility of electricity. However, only 159 had fans and 157 had telephone facility. At least 169 police stations had vehicles but 11 did not have fuel to run them, the report added. On the other hand, at least 42 were short of stationery and 43 did not have the facility of clean drinking water, the report said.
The report stated that the occupancy rate of staff, men and women, was satisfactory. All the sanctioned posts for men at the police stations monitored in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) were filled. However, in Balochistan 91pc, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 88pc, Sindh 82pc and Punjab 75pc were filled. On the other hand, positions for women staff in Sindh were filled 93pc, while it was 83pc in KP and Punjab, but 63pc in Balochistan.
As for enactment of access to information policy, the report said that copies of challans to courts were not accessible to public in 65 police stations. The report said that 84 police stations did not receive any request seeking information, which indicated a possible lack of awareness about the policy. Moreover, 35 station house officers (SHOs) had no idea that such a policy even existed, although the policy was adopted by Punjab in 2006 and Sindh in 2007.