The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad, Dr. Akbar Nasir, has banned the Islamabad Police personnel from sharing videos on social media featuring them in uniform.
In a related notification, he added that police personnel is no longer allowed to post social media videos while wearing their uniforms because doing so harms the institution’s reputation.
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Strict action will be taken if this notification is not followed
According to the notification, all the concerned officers of the department have been instructed to refrain from using social media apps and posting their videos, particularly while in police uniforms. It also warned them of strict action in case of any violation.
In related news, the Islamabad Police have apprehended around 8,283 professional beggars and 147 handlers this year and have taken legal action against them.
The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Investigation, Syed Farhat Abbas Kazmi, addressed a press conference at the Rescue 15 office on Wednesday and said that a large-scale operation against the professional beggars and their handlers is underway under the directions of IGP Nasir.
He also stated that special teams were deployed, while two vehicles, one each in the East and West zone patrolled the areas to take action against the beggar mafia. Additionally, all the zonal Superintendents of Police (SPs) and Station House Officers (SHOs) were instructed to file FIRs against the culprits under the Human Trafficking Act 2018, SSP Kazmi said.
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In addition, he disclosed that 474 FIRs had been filed against 1,686 beggars and that 928 men, 728 women, and 30 transgender had been punished. The SSP further stated that 147 cases had been reported in accordance with Section 3 of the 2018 Human Trafficking Act.
Reportedly, 1,894 men, 232 women, 4,101 children, 305 girls, and 21 transgender persons were moved to Edhi homes and other shelter homes.
SSP Kazmi also asked people to avoid beggarly behavior and call the police if they see it happening so they can work to eradicate it from the federal capital.