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- Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - From Print Edition


PUNJAB Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said the Punjab government had decided to recruit 4,000 ex-servicemen, on contract, to further improve law and order in Lahore and provide a peaceful atmosphere to citizens.


He said that these retired army Jawans would perform their duties in coordination with the police to control street crime in the provincial metropolis. He directed the home secretary to immediately initiate the process of recruitment of retired army men and all necessary steps should be taken on emergency basis in this regard.


The chief minister was presiding over a meeting held to review law and order situation here on Tuesday.


Adviser Jehanzeb Khan Burki, members of assemblies Pervaiz Malik, Mian Marghoob Ahmad, Hafiz Muhammad Nauman, Shuja Khanzada, secretaries of home, finance, prosecution and information departments, IGP, Punjab and other officers concerned were present.


Giving approval to recruitment of ex-servicemen on contract basis, the chief minister told the meeting that effective control of street crime was of utmost importance, for which the government would benefit from the services of retired army Jawans, who will help in controlling street crime in different localities of the city in an effective manner. He further directed establishment of an anti-crime helpline for immediate redress of public complaints against crimes, and directed that a report be submitted to him about the helpline model within seven days in consultation with Punjab Information Technology Board chairman. The chief minister said that prosecution process of arrested persons in various cases be further expedited and cases be submitted to the relevant courts so that the culprits could be awarded timely punishment.


Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif also asked for weekly report of various cases from the prosecution secretary.


He directed police to chalk out a comprehensive strategy to deal with the old cases, and ordered the IG Police and the Lahore CCPO to submit detailed progress report on action taken on old cases within seven days.


He directed that a report regarding headway made on old cases be submitted to him in future during every law and order meeting. Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif also directed police authorities to make comprehensive planning to effectively control the incidents of extortion throughout the province, including Lahore. He said that the dream of a peaceful society could not be realised without eradication of extremism, for which the police should play its vigorous role. He directed the parliaments to review the performance of the police stations in their respective constituencies and submit a report to him in this regard during the next law and order meeting.


The chief minister also directed the police authorities to ensure prompt registration of FIRs of all cases, along with informing the complainants regarding progress made on their FIRs. He also issued instructions for activating the Citizen Police Liaison Committee.


Transport: Shahbaz Sharif has said revolutionary transformation in the transport sector will come about as a result of completion of the metro bus system which is a great public service project in the history of the country.


Presiding over a meeting on the metro bus service project, he said the service would provide speeding, comfortable and affordable transport to citizens, for which an e-ticketing system was being introduced. “Best possible facilities for passengers at bus stations will be arranged while the metro bus service project would be exemplary in terms of its quality and transparency,” he added.