Govt mulls reforms in Northern Areas administration
14 May 2006
The Daily Times
Islamabad: The government is considering reforming the Northern Areas administration, including banning local police officials from carrying weapons after duty hours. The government is considering several proposals to eliminate sectarianism from these areas, sources in the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas told Daily Times. They said the government could make a new law, binding all local government officials to return weapons to their offices after duty hours. Sources said the government was considering a proposal to start capacity-building courses for Northern Areas police officials, adding that it was planning not to consider the sect of a police official while deploying him in any area. Sources said the government had decided that the Kashmir Affairs minister would sit in Northern Areas for at least one week a month to keep a close liaison with the local administration. The government will set a code of conduct for all sects to maintain peace here, they added.