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We’re training policemen to use weapons better, says Karachi AIG

Assures that child's death in police shooting will be investigated

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 17, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 17, 2019 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

We are working to train our policemen to not use their weapons in public spaces, Karachi police chief Ameer Sheikh said on Wednesday. 

There is no question that the police were involved and responsible, he said, referring to the officers’ involvement in the death of a one-and-a-half-year-old boy on Tuesday. Ahsan was killed after being struck by a bullet Tuesday night on University Road. The boy’s mother says the policemen intentionally fired at her son.

AIG Sheikh spoke to the media after meeting Ahsan’s family at their home. He asked them for forgiveness and said the truth of the matter will come out after the investigation.

He blamed the incident on “Karachi’s dynamics”, citing unplanned growth for the poor standard of recruits in the police department. He went on to say that they are training the policemen in the department on how to handle their weapons. But no matter how much we train them, in these situations, they will respond the way their mind tells them to, he said.

Related: Autopsy completed after toddler killed in Karachi police firing

He said that nevertheless, he and the police chief are working to improve the standard in the department by increasing the number of briefings and training sessions.

If they don’t react to robbers, they are called cowards and if they do then this can happen, said AIG Sheikh, adding that they are trying to impress upon the policemen when and where to use their weapons. The street crime control squad all have smaller weapons, which will cause less collateral damage, he explained.

We have told them not to open fire in crowded markets or apartment buildings, he said. We are trying to improve, he added. But they are targetted too, he reminded the public. A policeman was shot while searching a suspect in District Central, he said.

We are here for the people, to safeguard their lives, and we are working to improve, he said.

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2 Comments

  1. Fadi  April 17, 2019 3:32 pm/ Reply

    The AIG is the same person who block a car and asked the passenger to come to his van. When he saw that that he was filmed he got scared and ran away.

  2. pakistani  April 17, 2019 7:19 pm/ Reply

    SHAME ON YOU IG . YOU BLAMING CITY DYNAMICS FOR YOU NAKED INCOMPETENCY . WHAT IF ONE OF YOUR CHILD IS HURT BY FIRING WOULD YOU BLAME CITY DYNAMICS ??
    EVERY ONE KNOWS HOW CORRUPT AND POLITICISED SINDH POLICE IS , YOU SHOULD ALL BE IN JAIL FOR LIFE FOR CRIMES YOU HAVE COMMITTED .. YOU PEOPLE ARE LIVING AS IF YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO DIE AND ANSWERABLE TO ALLAH ONE DAY, NOT TO MURAD SHAH OR ZARDARI , APP LOGON KO NA KOI SHARAM HAI NA GAIRAT . SIRF RISHWAT LENI ATI HAI

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