Monday, September 28, 2015

Witnesses Protection Act to be implemented

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The measures for implementation of Witnesses Protection Act (WPA) came under discussion at a high level meeting held under the chairmanship of IG Police Sindh, Ghulam Haider Jamali.

The Additional IG CTD, while spelling out the spirit of WPA, highlighted its significance in the existing scenario. 

Addl. IG Traffic, Addl. IG CTD, Addl. IG Karachi, DIG Headquarters, DIG DL, DIG Crimes, DIG RRF, DIG CTD, AIG Finance, AIG Administration, AIG Legal and other officers attended the meeting.

It was decided to establish the Witness Protection Unit (WPU) to be headed by Addl. IG CTD, as required under the Act while the provincial home department will be approached to actualize the physical establishment of WPU. 

"Till the physical functioning of WPU, it is imperative to convey to Additional IG Karachi and all Range DIGs to ensure protection to witnesses, particularly those connected with high profile cases as an immediate measure and in ordinance with the spirit of WPA," the IGP directed 

IGP Jamali constituted a committee under Addl. IG CTD with DIG Headquarters and DIG Administration, Karachi Police and SSP CTD Aamir Farooqi as Secretary of the committee, to frame rules for WPU's working at the earliest.