Efficient, modern police force govt priority: PM

Lahore – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed his firm resolve to provide people an effective, efficient and public-friendly police force equipped with state-of-the-art technology to face modern day challenges.
He was addressing a ceremony here in connection with digitization of police stations on otherday. The Punjab governor, chief minister, Speaker National Assembly, IGP Punjab and other senior officers were also present.
Prime Minister said reforms are the key to better functioning of institutions and departments. He said that present government had inherited broken roads network, crippling load shedding durations, besides, institutions suffering from malice of inefficiency.
He said provision of justice to every citizens could be streamlined with improvements in the criminal justice system including the filing of First Investigation Report and investigation process.
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 provision of justice to every citizens was his government’s top priority which could be streamlined with improvements in the criminal justice system including the filing of First Investigation Report 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. The Prime Minister further observed that environment in police stations should be made conducive and friendly for the visitors and complainants as there was negative impression about it.
The Prime Minister stressed upon training of police force to improve their skills in 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 Punjab Chief Minister, IGP Sukhera and other concerned for the implementation of digitization programme.
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. The Prime Minister advised the chief minister and parliamentarians to keep themselves updated about the issues of families of Shaheed police personnel.
Meanwhile, addressing the ceremony, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that on the instructions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the Punjab government has announced a special package for taking care of families of martyrs of police.
Shahbaz said that wellbeing of families of the police martyrs is our responsibility, and this responsibility will be fulfilled at every cost.
Shahbaz said that quite a number of relatives, families and parents of police martyrs are present in the ceremony, and termed them as heroes of this dignified ceremony.
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif ordered to set up anti-terrorism force before 2013 and the Punjab government immediately abided by it. Today, this force is fore fronting the anti-terrorism operations. This force has conducted successful operations against terrorism by itself, as well as in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, and has won laurels. The credit of establishing anti-terrorism force goes to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Similarly, dolphin force is active to eradicate street crimes in the Punjab. He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif extended full support for the final match of PSL, and ordered me to hold this match. Similarly, I also talked to army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa who assured their full support. It is a result of collective efforts that final match conducted successfully and a new history has been written.