Punjab likely to have 4,000 soldier cops in two weeks

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday directed officials concerned to complete the process of recruitment of 4,000 ex-servicemen in police within two weeks.

He was presiding over a meeting to review law and order situation in the province. Adviser Jehanzeb Burki, lawmakers Pervaiz Malik, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Mian Marghoob Ahmad, Hafiz Mian Nauman, Zaeem Qadri, Khawaja Imran Nazir, the Punjab advocate general, the Punjab Police inspector general were present.

The CM said that maintenance of law and order was the responsibility of police. He said that he was monitoring law and order in Lahore as well as the whole province. He said all necessary resources have been provided to police and now it was its responsibility to give results. The CM was given a detailed briefing regarding law and order in the province. The chief minister said that police should perform its responsibility of protection of life and property of the citizens in an efficient manner.

Stressing the need for changing thana culture, the CM said the culture of extortion of money would not be tolerated in Punjab and strict action would be taken if any such case came to his notice. He said that police should play an active role for curbing street crime and the recruitment of retired army officials in the police would result in considerable improvement in the law and order. He directed officials concerned to update police website on a regular basis. – Dailytimes