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Punjab Police ASI behind bars for mistreating old woman

The back-to-back incidents of Punjab Police’s maltreatments in the past few weeks are a wake-up call for the authorities to take significant corrective action. Will authorities finally come out of their slumber?

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A Punjab Police officer has been arrested for mistreating an old woman in Lahore. The arrest of the police officer came following a video that went viral on social media in which he was seen maltreating an elderly woman just outside the IG Punjab Police office in Lahore.

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Assistant Sub-Inspector Asif Ali not only abused woman but also snatched and threw away her stick on the ground.

The viral video incited an uproar on social media as netizens decried the ill-treatment of Punjab Police with people.

IG Punjab Police Captain retd. Asif Nawaz Khan swiftly took action on the video and ordered the suspension of ASI Ali. Asif was later arrested and is in custody of Old Anarkali police station.

Punjab Police and the provincial government of Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf have been under the fire for falling short of their tall promises of improving the governance and administration of Punjab Police.

The cases of the death of Salahuddin in Police custody, the alleged ATM robber, the death of the gardener Ami Masih in North Cantonment Lahore and Amjad Zulfiqar in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and the discovery of a hidden torture cell ran by Police officials in Gujjarpura have exposed the tyrant face of the Punjab Police.

Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf’s government four years to refurbish the structure of the provincial police department in its first tenure.

Moreover, a social media campaign for the justice of Salahuddin is trending on Twitter. People are posting their picture with their tongues sticking out of their mouth in ATM booths as a gesture of solidarity with the deceased Salahuddin.

Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf legislator Andleeb Abbas condemned the behaviour of the Punjab Police in a TV show but asserted that the provincial government is steadily working to improve the efficiency of Punjab Police. However, it will not happen overnight but results will appear gradually over a course of approximately 3-4 years.

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She quoted the example of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police, where it took Pakistan Tehreek-I-Insaf’s government four years to refurbish the structure of the provincial police department in its first tenure.

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