LAHORE: The rule of law has significant importance in the economic development of the country and Punjab Safe Cities Authority is diligently working for maintaining law and order.

This was the crux of a presentation given by SSP and Chief Operating Officer of Punjab Safe Cities Authority Akbar Nasir Khan to Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) members on Friday.

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It was told in the presentation that benefits the project include improved services delivery, traffic management, monitoring of law and order, electronic evidence collection, crime reduction, secure communication, and accountability. The Safe Cities Project is a concept for returning security and quality of life to today’s complex cities through the use of technology, infrastructure, personnel, and processes.

The Punjab Safe Cities Authority was established under the Punjab Safe Cities Ordinance 2015 and it is ensuring establishment, development and maintenance of an integrated command, control and communication system for Police in major cities of the province for public safety.

LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid said that economy and law and order were linked with each other.

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Poor law and order situation puts a negative impact on the economy and shatters the confidence of local and foreign investors. He said that the project of Punjab Safe City was a need of the hour and business community was aware of the challenges being faced by the police department.

He suggested that seminars should be organised in collaboration with Police Department to make the members of the business community aware of different kind of security threats and prepare them as to how they could combat with any unforeseen situation.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 8th, 2018.