Efficient modern police force govt’s priority: PM

APP11-11 LAHORE: March 11 - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressing at CPO Lahore. APP photo by Tabasam Naveed

LAHORE, March 11 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Saturday said it was his government’s target and priority to provide an effective, efficient and public-friendly police force equipped with modern technology to face today’s challenges.
Addressing a ceremony here in connection with digitization of police stations, he said reforms were the key to better functioning of institutions and departments, which if left unattended, would erode with the passage of time.
He said unfortunately several interruptions were made in the institutions and certain people had tried to impose their whims but failed.
The institutions should evolve and those people should get elected who preferred collective welfare over individual leanings, he added.
The Prime Minister said his government had inherited a broken road network, crippling load-shedding durations, besides institutions suffering from malice of inefficiency.
He said through proper attention, institutions should be modernized and made to function in a better manner.
Punjab Governor Muhammad Rafique Rajwana and Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, provincial assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan, provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah, Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera and a large number of police officials, parliamentarians, and families of martyred police personnel were present on the occasion.
Appreciating the digitization initiative of the Punjab government, the Prime Minister observed that modern technology had done wonders and like developed nations, all the stakeholders in the country should strive to achieve the set targets.
He noted that the front desks of all police stations would be linked with the centralized system for better functioning and proper monitoring.
He said there was still room for improvement in certain matters, including complainants.
Provision of justice to every citizen, he said, was his government’s top priority which could be streamlined with improvement in the criminal justice system including filing of First Investigation Report (FIR) and investigation process.
The Prime Minister said commendable strides had been made by the Punjab Police as it now stood distant from its past functioning as a well-behaved and efficient force.
He observed that there was a negative impression about environment in police stations, which should be made conducive and friendly for visitors and complainants.
The registration of an FIR was the vital step in the criminal system and the situation should be made different by the high-ups concerned through a changed outlook and behaviour of police personnel, deputed to deal with complainants, he added.
Citing the functioning of Motorway Police, he said such improvements were difficult but not impossible.
A complaint about the police, he said, was the weak investigation process as the loopholes in the proceedings led to acquittal of accused.
The Prime Minister stressed upon training of police force to improve their skills in the investigation process and opined that young and well-educated lot should be inducted through service commission.
He said other provinces should emulate the improvements made by the Punjab Police as it was his government’s mission to develop all the federating units equally.
He credited the Punjab Chief Minister, IGP Sukhera and other concerned for the implementation of digitization programme.
The Prime Minister also felicitated Najm Sethi for successful holding of the Pakistan Super League final in Lahore.
He lauded the performance of agencies, police force, Rangers, army and administration for making the mega event a success despite adversaries.
In a veiled reference to PTI chief Imran Khan, the Prime Minister said all the nation was on one side, whereas few elements were opposing the event.
He also paid tribute to the sacrifices of police personnel.
They sacrificed their lives to protect and save the future of nation and get the country rid of the cancer of terrorism, he said, adding the nation would always remember their benefactors.
The nation was indebted to them and it was due to their sacrifices that today bazaars, restaurants and parks were bustling with activities, he observed.
The Prime Minister advised the chief minister and parliamentarians to keep themselves updated about the issues of families of Shaheed police personnel.
Earlier, the Prime Minister was presented a guard of
honour upon his arrival at the IGP office. He inaugurated the computerization of police
stations. He also visited the police monitoring room and complaint cell where he was briefed about the digitization system.
Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif highlighted the steps taken by the government for the capacity building of the police force and introduction of the latest technology.
He said the people raising the slogan of ‘Pakistan First’ had caused huge damage to the country and its resources.
Without taking name of the PTI chief, he expressed his astonishment over the former’s opposition to the PSL event, which, he said, was due to his sheer jealousy.