Diet or lose your job, Pakistan police chief tells pot-bellied officers
Posted on June 19, 2012, Tuesday
ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan police commander has ordered tens of thousands of pot-bellied officers to diet or quit frontline duties, officials said yesterday in what one newspaper dubbed the “battle of the bulge”.
Habibur Rehman, police chief in Pakistan’s most populous province Punjab, has ordered 175,000 personnel not to allow their waistlines to exceed 38 inches (96 cm), spokeswoman Nabila Ghazanfar told AFP.
“I’m on a diet and if I can do it, why can’t you?” she quoted Rehman as telling officials in the province.
At least 50 per cent of Punjab police are overweight, Ghazanfar said.
Local daily The News said the number overweight officers in the city of Rawalpindi, the headquarters of the army that has been hit by numerous Taliban attacks, stood at more than 77 percent, adding that “policemen appear to be losing the battle of the bulge”.
Police said officers had been given until June 30 to shape up and those deemed too fat from July 1 would not be given jobs in the field. — AFP