Extortionists be dealt with iron hand: CM

Sep 09, 2013| Courtesy by : Associated Press of Pakistan

CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the extortionists should be dealt with iron hand and an effective strategy should also be evolved for elimination of street crimes.

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He said that modern technology should be benefitted for curbing crimes and the process of computerising all police stations should be completed at the earliest. He said that Lahore should be made a role model for eradication of crimes and solid measures should also be taken for eliminating crimes in all other districts.

He was presiding over a high-level meeting with regard to eliminating street crimes and extortionists, at Chief Minister’s Office, here Wednesday.

Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that nothing can be more important than protection of life and property of the people and police will have to fulfill its responsibilities in this regard. He said that all possible resources were provided to the police during last five years but desired results could not be achieved. He said that steps are also being taken for equipping police with latest technology and imparting training on modern lines but after provision of all these facilities, police will have to show results. Shahbaz Sharif said that elimination of street crimes is vital and police should evolve a coordinated strategy, make controlling system effective and depute additional force in high crime rate areas and senior officers should personally carry out patrolling in their respective areas. He warned that no negligence in curbing crimes will be tolerated. Shahbaz Sharif said that the performance of officers will be monitored regularly. He said that anti-terrorism force is also being set up in the province and directed that best officials should be selected and their training should be arranged at Elite Training School. He directed that the process of recruitment of new sub-inspectors through Punjab Public Service Commission should be got completed at the earliest. He said that service rules and regulations of all officials, including sub-inspectors should be given final shape in seven days.

Shahbaz Sharif said that making the province weapon-free is of great importance for curbing crimes. He directed that a policy should immediately be evolved in this regard and submitted in next meeting. He said that formal approval of this policy will be taken from the cabinet and after approval, it would be implemented vigorously. He said that patwari culture and corruption has been eliminated due to land record project. He directed that foolproof security arrangements should be made for the protection of foreigners working on various projects in Punjab. He said that police should adopt the merit policy in providing justice irrespective of any consideration.

Earlier, Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Inspector General Police gave detailed briefings with regard to law and order situation in the province.

(Courtesy: Associated Press of Pakistan)