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Pakistani cops must lose weight or get off streets

Police officers in Punjab have been told to slim down or face being relegated to desk work as part of a fitness drive to ensure officers are capable of chasing criminals without running out of puff

By Rob Crilly

ISLAMABAD — Senior officers in Punjab, the country's most populous province, have given all 175,000 officers until the end of the month to get their waistlines down to 38 inches or less.

The move follows a survey that found some 77 per cent of officers in the city of Rawalpindi were overweight.

Azhar Hameed Khokhar, the Deputy Inspector General of Rawalpindi Police, said the crackdown was a good idea.

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