Bring down crime in Lahore! CM tells police

Govt to expand scope of forensic lab; labs to also be established in Multan, Rawalpindi

The Punjab government on Friday adopted special steps to curb crime in the provincial capital, and in this regard, special instructions were given to the police force.

Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi chaired a high-level session to review the law and order situation, which was also attended by former federal minister Moonis Elahi and home adviser Omar Sarfraz Cheema. Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) gave a briefing to the participants of the session regarding the law and order situation of the provincial capital. The CM directed the police force to bring down the crime rate in Lahore at any cost and sought a progress report within two weeks.

In other decisions, the provincial government decided to expand the scope of the forensic lab. CM Pervaiz Elahi said that forensic labs will also be established in Multan and Rawalpindi. Moreover, the provincial authorities decided to revamp Dolphin Force, increasing its functionality and credibility. The chief minister ordered adopting measures for ‘hard policing’ to curb crimes. The Punjab CM approved the establishment of eight new police stations in Lahore. He added that the government will complete the police contingents in all police stations across the province. He added that the crime rate has significantly reduced due to the patrolling police.

Also, Chief Minister Elahi chaired a meeting at his office on Friday to review the upgradation of the Wazirabad Institute of Cardiology (WIC). He ordered the hiring of the services of expert doctors from abroad, along with the establishment of a department for the treatment of children suffering from congenital heart disease. Complicated operations for children suffering from heart diseases would also be performed so that they might not have to go to India for treatment, he added.

The CM also approved the transport facility, adding that a hostel and residences should also be built for the doctors. Similarly, he said the latest cardiology and urology departments would be established in Gujranwala Teaching Hospital and Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Hospital. More dialysis machines would also be given to Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Hospital, he added. The chief minister ordered the establishment of a waiting area for the attendees and said that more and more trees should be planted on the hospital premises. It’s sanguine that a majestic mosque has been built with the support of philanthropists, he added.

Also, Chief Minister Ehali on Friday met Ibtisam Hasan, who had attempted to overpower the man who shot at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan during his party’s long march in Wazirabad. The chief minister praised his bravery and presented him a cheque of Rs2.5 million, said a handout issued here.

The CM said that Ibtisam is the hero of the nation and his bravery could never be compensated by financial means. “The nation salutes your courage,” he told Ibtisam Hasan. “You have achieved a great feat by catching the accused and we are proud of a brave young man like you,” he said. He added that his (Ibtisam) timely action saved a major accident. Nasir Mehmood, the uncle of Ibtisam Hasan, was also present.

Elahi expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the death of the mother of Provincial Minister Murad Raas, on Friday. In a condolence statement, he extended heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family and said that he was deeply saddened as the pain of the separation of the mother could not be described in words. May Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved heirs to bear the loss with equanimity, he prayed.

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