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Police Reform in Pakistan A Victim of Foreign Security Aid?

Paul Petzschmann

Abstract
My very brief note will provide a survey of recent police reform efforts in Pakistan. Since the
beginning of police reform efforts under the Musharraf government, Pakistan has been
confronted by a rapidly deteriorating security situation. There are a number of competing
explanations for this, not all of which have received the scrutiny they deserve. While
‘talibanization’ has been the main focus of attention, they are also suggestions that the
militarization of policing and the police reforms themselves are partly responsible for a
break-down of law and order. These hypotheses deserve further scrutiny.

Keywords: Pakistan, Police Reform, Security