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.
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.