On Wednesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan while speaking at the passing out parade of Islamabad police at Police Lines Headquarters where he was the chief guest said that the government will provide Islamabad police officials with health cards and houses.
Khan is the first premier in history to review the passing out parade of police recruits.
He made the remarks, “I want to say two things to Islamabad police. The first thing is that every official will be given a health card which means that each household will have health insurance for availing treatment at any government or private hospital.”
He added that police and government employees will also be able to buy their own houses under the Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme. “The installments you pay will go towards you owning your homes. This is a big part of our programme, especially for government employees and police officials like yourself.”
The premier began his speech by highlighting the importance of the police in society. “A police force has a very big role in society. But, up till now that role has not yet been realized.”
He stated that due to colonialism, the people feared the police. “The English had a different sort of force that looked after the people and considered them their own. But because they considered us slaves, the attitude of the police was different.”
He further said that he wanted the nation to consider the police as their own and to “love them”.
He said that when the PTI came into power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, they saw that, “More than 500 police officers had been martyred and morale was low. But the force changed in front of our eyes and fought terrorism. Then there came a time when the people of Peshawar and Mardan staged rallies in support of the police,” he said, adding that he felt pride at seeing the force changing in front of his eyes.