The police department in Punjab is conducting drug tests of all of its officials on the orders of the Prime Minister to bring reforms in the department.

In this regard, the police in Kasur district took samples of 48 officials, including constables and assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) a couple of days back for the drug test. Out of these 48 officials, 24 policemen were found “positive” on Tuesday, Dawn reported.

However, the reports claim that no policemen above the post of ASI was selected for the drug test. The directives for the drug test were issued by the Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP), who had asked the concerned department to take samples from officials ranging from constables to the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) officers.

According to the district police, the police officials were selected for the drug test on the basis of internal intelligence reports.

Also the samples were sent to a private lab for testing, instead of any public hospital’s laboratory. The private labs, as per District Police Officer, Imran Kishwar, were selected as they are more reliable compared to public sector hospitals.

Dawn quoted a police official as saying, the department used the similar process for drug test on police officials that is used for declaring common suspects as addicts during the course of investigation at the police station level.

The official said that majority of the officials start using drugs after they get them for free, adding that a strict system for monitoring at ‘malkhana level (where drugs recovered from criminals are stored)’ should be in place.

Meanwhile, the DPO has explained that being positive does not mean that an official is a drug addict. He said that any individual taking prescribed sleeping poll would also test positive for the drug test, adding that the lab investigations would only be verified by an expert.

From : pk.mashable.com

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