CM assures govt action after JIT report

Tells officials to improve law and order situation across Punjab


Our Correspondent January 22, 2019
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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that necessary action will be taken after the findings of the joint investigation team report are submitted in the Sahiwal killings case. “The law will take its course after the JIT submits its report. The JIT of Naya Pakistan will be different from previous regimes,” he asserted.

Buzdar made these remarks while speaking to the media outside the Punjab Assembly on Monday.

He highlighted that he had formed the JIT to probe the incident and given it a 72-hour deadline to complete its investigation. The team would submit its report by the deadline of 5pm on Tuesday (today) and he would then hold a meeting to decide the future course of action.

Responding to a question, Buzdar said, “After receiving the JITs’ report, whatever I will decide to do will be implemented. The JIT of Naya Pakistan will be different from previous government. You will witness a visible change in the government’s course of action in Naya Pakistan.”

Earlier, the chief minister presided over a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation in the province. He expressed his dissatisfaction over matters in the province and directed divisional commissioners and regional police officers (RPOs) to improve the situation across Punjab.

“All possible steps should be taken to protect the life and property of common citizens,” he maintained.

Buzdar said the Sahiwal incident was tragic and all the sympathies of the Punjab government were with the family of the deceased. “The affected family would be fully taken care of by the government,” he maintained. The CM added that the Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government had freed the police and administration from political pressure.

“We will not do the same as administrations of the past. The incumbent government has provided a free and fair atmosphere to the administration and the police for give facilities to the masses,” he underlined.

He also directed the continuation of indiscriminate operations against land grabbers and added that commissioners and RPOs should solve public problems by holding open-courts in their respective districts. “The open-door policy should also be implemented,” he stressed.

He said commissioners and RPOs would have to deliver by working in the field. The government was trying to strengthen police and administration. “You will be fully supported to provide relief to the masses. You should perform your duties with confidence and the problems of the people should be solved on priority basis,” he added.

The CM ordered that the field situation should be monitored by visiting hospitals and educational institutions. He said all steps should also be taken to bring the required improvements. Meanwhile, the general situation of cleanliness should be improved in cities and Arazi Centres should be regularly visited. “Special attention should be given to the solution of traffic problems in cities.”

He said that performance of public sector departments should be improved by introducing necessary reforms. “Commissioners and RPOs have been given the opportunity to deliver for the first time. The core mission of the government is to provide relief to the people,” he said.

Buzdar said the campaign to arrest proclaimed offenders must also continue. “There is room for further improvement in the police system. Instead of showing a jugglery of figures, practical steps should be adopted to bring improvements. There should be an affective system of police patrolling and there is also a need to change the overall attitude of the force,” he said.

Buzdar said the police should adopt a public-friendly attitude as an “all-is-well” approach will not help now. “You should take practical measures and better results should be surface. Similarly, contacts with the people should be further strengthened.” He said interdepartmental coordination should be further improved as no leniency or negligence would be tolerated with regard to the mission of public relief.

Law Minister Raja Basharat, Chief Secretary, ACS (Home), IG Police, concerned secretaries, divisional commissioners and RPOs attended the meeting.

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