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Tariq M. Khosa

Inspector General Police (RETD), Police Service of Pakistan

Tariq Khosa has been actively involved in law enforcement since start of public service in 1973. During about four decades of serving in various supervisory and command positions in Police Service of Pakistan, he has actively been engaged in structural and operational reforms in the policing and justice sectors. After his retirement from service in 2011, he served as Advisor to the UNODC on Rule of Law and Criminal Justice in Pakistan until 2014. With the help of international expertise under the UN mission, he contributed to bringing about meaningful strategic and operational improvements in terms of organization, training and processes in the federal and provincial police departments. Recently, he supervised a team of experts that developed the Rule of Law Road Map for Balochistan Province on behalf of UNDP/UNODC and UNWOMEN.

Before retirement, his last assignment as Federal Secretary of Narcotics Control Division in 2010-11 placed him at the pinnacle of government service in Pakistan. He got National Anti Narcotics Policy approved from the Cabinet in July 2010 replacing the old policy of 1993. He was co-chair of Governance Committee of the UNODC Country Programme (2010-14) launched in July 2010 on Rule of Law, Criminal Justice and Healthcare.

He served as Director General Federal Investigation Agency in 2009. As head of the federal police, he supervised Mumbai terror attacks investigations and also initiated criminal investigation of assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. As head of National Central Bureau, INTERPOL he won elections as Delegate for Asia in the Executive Committee of INTERPOL for three years i.e. 2009 to 2012 and contributed to international police cooperation. He was actively associated in establishment of Interpol Global Complex of Innovation in Singapore.

He served as Director General National Police Bureau in the Ministry of Interior in 2008 and also the Secretary of National Public Safety Commission, an oversight body of all the federal police departments. This allowed him to work actively on various police reforms initiatives at the national level.

He had the distinction of serving as the Police Chief of Balochistan Province in 2007 and brought the entire province in police jurisdiction replacing a tribal policing system administered by the Levies since long.

He graduated from the National Defence College Islamabad completing his Masters in Defence and Strategic Studies in 2004–05.

He was a Hubert Humphrey Fellow under Fulbright Exchange Program at the Graduate School of Public Affairs in University of Washington Seattle in the United States of America in 1987-88.

He was part of the Working Group that drafted the Counterterrorism National Action Plan launched by the Government of Pakistan on Jan 1, 2015 and currently serves as Member of the Committee of Experts for National Counter Terrorism Authority.

He is co-founder of the Police Reforms Group comprising some retired Inspector-Generals of Police working on criminal justice reforms since 2013.

He is Member of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime, a Geneva-based network of professionals.

He is presently engaged as Consultant/Strategic Adviser by London-based Adam Smith International working on Justice Sector Reforms in Pakistan on behalf of DFID/British High Commission Islamabad.

Recently, he is involved in a World Bank and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) joint project as member of Advisory Council of Pakistan@100 Initiative.

His first book “The Faltering State: Pakistan’s Internal Security Landscape” was launched by the Oxford University Press in February 10, 2018 at the Karachi Literature Festival.

Currently, he lives in Lahore and writes on internal security, governance and criminal justice issues.

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