Thursday, 17 March 2011
Interior Minister promises of Police reform - could prevent the next Qamar David!
His Excellency High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hassan, Wilson Chowdhry and Interior Minister Senator Rehman Malik.
Few in number but people were determined to question the Interior Minister.
Rehman Malik spoke both confidently and competently at the dialogue at the High Commission on Friday 9th March
Despite, what we feel about the situation in Pakistan it is essential that our community recognises that if change is to be seen in Pakistan, it can only possibly come about through the legal, constitutional and institutional leaders and organisations existing there.
The conversation I held with Alistair Burt clarified that little change will come through pressure related to aid distribution to Pakistan, although he is seeking ways to develop some influence through such budgets. Any overt excessive pressure will only result in conflict and alienation and so a fine political balancing act will take place, with particular focus on encouragement rather than coercion.
Rehman Malik in response to my recent questions did not give any concrete response to which we can build our hopes, however he has made some positive overtures and has talked for instance of introducing more stringent, vetting and accountability of Police forces and their work. In light of the situation surrounding the death in prison of Qamar David this is very good news indeed.
If you have not seen the public address from Rehman Malik a video can be seen here: