LAHORE: With a view to overcome a shortage of residences for Lahore police employees, the department has decided to construct 36 multi-storey residential flats at an approximate cost of Rs227.3 million. The flats will be built on Abbott Road, Qila Gujar Singh, adjacent to the Investigation Headquarters.
Chaudhry Nazir Ahmad, the father of two martyred constable brothers, was chief guest at the inaugural ceremony. He personally inaugurated the important project on Saturday.
Constable Ali Raza Nazir and his brother Constable Ghulam Murtaza both lost lives while performing duty near Arfa Karim IT Tower on Ferozpur Road in Lahore on July 24, 2017. Along with these two martyrs, five other policemen also lost their lives in the line of duty during the suicide bomb blast.
Capital City Police Officer BA Nasir, DIG Operations Muhammad Waqas Nazir, DIG Investigation Dr. Inam Waheed, DIG Security, SSPs, SPs, DSPs and other officers and officials were present on this occasion. The residential project is divided into three blocks and each block has 12 flats.
A separate tube well and water tank, with a capacity of 30,000 gallons, has also been provided for this project. Speaking on the occasion, CCPO Lahore BA Nasir said it was the prime responsibility of the police to provide the best possible residential and basic facilities to policemen who ensure the protection of the life and property of the public.
He added such incentives would further improve their performance and allow them to deliver with full dedication and passion. BA Nasir further said peace of mind and a secure atmosphere for policemen and their family were essential for better service delivery.
Nasir said the inauguration of these multi-storey flats by the father of martyred constables shows that those who sacrificed their lives are the pride of the police department. “We will always remember their sacrifices and exemplary performance for the country. He said that it was an honour that the father of both martyrs graced the ceremony and inaugurated the project.
He said Lahore police changed its policy regarding the inauguration of all its newly-constructed buildings and other welfare projects. The CCPO added the heirs of martyrs were inaugurating all these projects as a token of the recognition of the sacrifices.
BA Nasir said it was the primary responsibility of the department to look after the affairs and welfare of the heirs of martyrs. Welfare Eye and Welfare department, under a dedicated unit of Lahore police, are constantly in contact with the heirs of the martyrs of Lahore Police to look after their affairs and address their grievances.
He lauded the cooperation of the Punjab government and personal interest of IGP Amjad Javed Saleemi for the completion of these residential flats. Father of martyred Constables Chaudhry Nazir Ahmad unveiled the plaque to inaugurate the project. CCPO Lahore, along with other police officers, visited different sections of the flats and inspected the facilities being provided. While talking about the project, DIG Operations Lahore Muhammad Waqas Nazir said the project, comprising 36 flats, consisted of three blocks which will be provided to inspector rank and above officers of the police department.
He further stated that these flats were completed in a duration of ten years. CCPO Lahore, along with other top rank officers, paid tribute to Chaudhry Nazir, the father of the martyred constables, on his departure from the ceremony.