The Home and Tribal Affairs Department was not an independent
Department and was working direct under the Chief Secretary.
After One Unit, the Home Department used to be based in the
main Secretariat West Pakistan at Lahore, whereas the Tribal
Wing remained at Peshawar headed by senior officer. The present
Home Department came into being in 1970 with the dissolution
of One Unit and constitution of the Province.
The mission of the Home and T.As Department is thus maintaining
law and order in the province. This is gigantic and highly
intricate exercise exposed to numerous political, economic,
financial, environmental, administrative, technical and international
fluctuations. These have direct and indirect implications
on the mission of this department. Despite sudden changes
and variations in orientation the ethos of this Mission remains
unchanged. In view of the current situation (i.e. high rate
of corruption and deviation from the standardized norms or
law has perpetuated crime manifold) the importance of this
Mission needs no over emphasis.
Conflict, crime, terrorism and turbulence are inherent features
of any society. Total eradication of these is a dream. However,
reduction is always possible. Here the strategy, structure,
staff, system, style, skills, shared values, resources, perception,
confidence, commitment and self discipline become more significant
in the accomplishment of this most challenging mission.
The overall goal of the Home and T.As Department in the province
is to create peace and tranquility so that related provincial
departments and agencies can achieve the pre-determined objectives
efficiently and effectively and thus move towards a civilized
and welfare society. Government and society can perform much
better under improved law and order situation. Law and order
creates room for government to operate freely. Policy formulation
and legislation can be promoted. Implementation of public
policies is facilitated and the ground for Good Governance
is prepared and re-prepared time and again adopting various
strategies, styles and tactics, under changing circumstances.