QUETTA: At long last, caretaker Balochistan Chief Minister Alauddin Marri has announced that the provincial government will issue notifications regarding the upgradation of the police force and the martyrs’ package next week.
“The brave officers of the police department sacrificed their precious lives while protecting the people of Balochistan. Now it is our responsibility to provide all facilities to their families and address their woes,” said the interim chief minister while addressing a seminar organised in connection with the Police Martyrs’ Day at the police line in Quetta on Saturday.
Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Inspector General of Police Mohsin Hassan Butt, Additional IG Chaudhry Manzoor Sarwar, police officers and families of the martyred police officers were in attendance.
Lauding the efforts of the police force in eradicating terrorism from Balochistan, Marri said, “Police are fighting terrorists on the front line in our war against terrorism and their sacrifice for the country will always be remembered.”
On views of the provincial government regarding police upgradation and martyrs’ package, the interim CM said, “The previous government had announced the police upgradation, martyrs’ package and recruitment but due to financial crisis in the province the bureaucracy was holding back the announcement.
“I want to assure that the notifications regarding police upgradation and shuhada package will be released next week in order to address the concerns of the families of the police officers martyred in the line of duty on immediate basis.”
Marri said, “Most of the martyrs displayed in the pictures are my friends and we cannot forget their ultimate sacrifice for the protection of our province.”
Taking over the podium, Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai lauded the performance of the police force.
Governor Achakzai said, “Brave officers of the police force have been sacrificing their precious lives to protect the masses.”
“We have been marking Police Shuhada Day across the country to remember their sacrifices rendered while fighting terrorists on the front line.”
Governor Achakzai lauded the sacrifices of the police officers, calling them “alive”.
He said that the martyred officers were still alive because today “we have been living in a peaceful environment due to their sacrifices”.
“Balochistan has been facing various challenges since Pakistan’s independence,” he said, adding that the biggest challenge in today’s era “is terrorism” and “our forces are standing on the front line for protecting the masses’ lives and property”.
On the election day suicide blast in Quetta’s eastern bypass area, Achakzai said, “After the attack with wounds bleeding our officers were standing outside the polling stations guarding voters.”