LAHORE: Punjab IGP Captain (retd) Arif Nawaz Khan claimed that the Punjab Police has raised its working system up to international standards by adopting information and computer technology timely.
He expressed these views while addressing a delegation of the National Management Course at the Central Police Office (CPO) on Tuesday. The delegation comprised of more than 70 senior officers of different government departments.
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“To introduce smart community policing system throughout the province, information technology-based projects are working in all districts so that people could be facilitated through these projects,” he said.
“For the welfare of police force, the department has started different welfare projects in different regions and districts to provide the better working environment to the force so that they could perform their duties in a better way,” the IGP remarked.
“To monitor these projects a pilot project Welfare Eye started from Lahore and it will be replicated throughout the province to ensure the monitoring of welfare work.”
DIG Operations Punjab Amir Zulfiqar Khan briefed the delegation about the operational infrastructure, general law and order situation, challenges from terrorist organisations, IT initiatives and other relevant issues. He told the delegation that by implementation National Action Plan in true letter and spirit, the heinous crime and terrorism activities graph decreased by 59%. He also informed the delegation that due to effective operations of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) 291 hardcore terrorists and dangerous criminals have been killed, whereas more than 3,500 terrorists and culprits were arrested out of which 979 belong to ‘A’ category.
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He said more than three million citizens were checked during 103,481 search, sweep and combing operations throughout the province. As many as 18,844 cases were registered against violators of loudspeaker act and 3,051 cases of wall chalking incidents were also registered.
The DIG operations, while quoting different examples and figures told the delegation that decrease of 33% observed in murder cases, 67% decrease in kidnapping for ransom, 59% decrease in robbery incidents were observed throughout the province during the last three years.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 18th, 2017.