Depts being reformed for better service delivery: SACM


Says crime, especially murder case declined sharply due to police efforts

Amraiz Khan

Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday said that reforms are being introduced in departments to improve their performance and the police department is being reorganised on modern lines to face multifarious challenges.

In the past, police stations were used for forcible occupation of property and victimization of opponents. The corrupt ruled everywhere and innocent people were killed through fake police shootouts.

On the other side, Usman Buzdar is digitally monitoring police stations to make them public-friendly and responsive to the people.

SACM Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan was talking to the media at the DGPR Office here on Friday. The SACM said that murder cases have shown a sharp decline during the first 05 months of 2021. A total of 927 were reported this year while the number was 1,728 in 2018.

She said that a 50 percent decrease has been witnessed in murder cases during dacoity/robbery and child abuse cases have also been sufficiently decreased.

354 cases were registered in 2021 while this number was 581 in 2018. The number of robbery cases was 5967 in 2018 and 5188 cases were registered in 2021.

She said that a major drop in cases of kidnapping for ransom has been observed with 10 cases in 2021 as compared to 59 in 2018.

The SACM said that a whopping 18,136 cases were registered during the campaign against narcotics in the first five months of 2021 with a recovery of 12015 kg chars and 917 kg heroin whereas 16,530 cases were registered in 2018 with a recovery of 10002 kg chars and 291 kg heroin.

She said the Punjab government took action against 1244 outlaws since May 2021 while in 2018, 1051 outlaws were arrested.

The police registered 1137 cases against land grabbers in 2021 in contrast to 655 cases in 2018.

She said the Punjab police retrieved state land worth Rs 18.71 billion and private property worth Rs 5.72 billion till April 2021.

The lone terrorist incident of 2021 was traced with 24 hours while 4 terrorism-related cases were registered in 2021.

Dr Firdous said that 5149 constables have been recruited in phase 1 while recruitment of 5330 constables is under process in phase 2. The recruitment is being made on merit, she stressed.

Syllabi for all training courses have been revised and Schools of Investigation have been established at PTC Chung and PC Sihala.

She said that land has been earmarked for 7 police stations besides the provision of funds for the construction of 71 police stations, she added.

She said that 51 new police station buildings will be constructed in 2021/22 and Police Khidmat Centers have been set up in hospitals to facilitate the people.

Similarly, Tourism Facilitation App has been introduced for tourists along with Raasta Mobile App, PUCAR 15, Women Safety App, PKM Mobile App, Zindagi App and Pehchaan App to accommodate the people.

The SACM said the PTI has defeated PML-N in its stronghold. The political fort of the Vario family has been smashed away and PML-N is clean bowled.

I am thankful to PM for his trust in me and Ahsan Saleem Baryar is a spokesman of the youth who will work for the rights of the youth.

She said that a crony of PML-N was claiming to change his name in case of PP-38 defeat. Now, he should suggest his new name and it is better that he may be called a Sharif jester.

He is a non-entity with no political value. Similarly, Maryam Safdar has faced defeat everywhere and now she has quarantine herself and she must rethink her hateful strategy.

Dr Firdous said the government is not a party in Nazir Chohan and Shehzad Akbar case as Nazir Chohan is on judicial remand of FIA.

Law is equal for all. The government is going to formulate a law to regulate the cooking oil mafia and to protect the health of the people, concluded the SACM.


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