Govt decides to scrap 11 toll plazas for public convenience


CM expresses concern over increase in crime rate

Chief Minister Punjab Hamza Shahbaz Sharif chaired the fourth meeting of the provincial cabinet at his office on Thursday which decided to scrap 11 toll plazas for the convenience of the people.

The CM directed that prisoners’ vans should be ventilated for the convenience of detainees. The cabinet decided to extend the wheat release policy and approved a two-month extension. The meeting also approved the constitution of the cabinet committee on wheat with the provincial food minister as its head.

The meeting approved the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab Privilege Bill, 2022 and the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab Secretariat Service Bill, 2022. It approved to extend the contract of DG Punjab Forensic Science Agency, Dr Muhammad Ashraf Tahir, based on his performance. The meeting endorsed the decision to purchase operational vehicles for the police while CM Hamza Shahbaz directed that a training program be started for improving the capacity of the forensic experts.

The meeting ratified the decisions of the second meeting of the cabinet and congratulated the political and administrative team members on the approval of the budget 2022-23 from the assembly.

The chief secretary and high officials attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Hamza Shahbaz expressed his deep concern over the rise in crime rate in Lahore and other cities and directed to take up all necessary steps in order to protect the life and property of the people of the province. CM further directed to take indiscriminate action against the accused involved in heinous crimes.

Hamza Shahbaz said that good officers had been deputed in the police department and results ought to come to surface with regard to law and order situation.

He urged the police to perform their duties in a highly proactive and efficient manner in order to control street crimes adding that ensuring law and order is the foremost priority.

CM maintained that we would have to chalk out an effective mechanism with regard to awarding reward and punishment in the police department. He stated that those police officers reducing crime graph would be encouraged and appreciated. Police officers showing poor performance would be held accountable, he asserted. CM directed to deal with an iron hand against the accused being involved in committing crimes against the women and children.

CM presided over a meeting today in which matters pertaining to law and order situation and steps being taken by the police to control crimes came under review. Provincial Ministers Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan, Atta Ullah Tarar, Inspector General of Police, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), concerned secretaries and senior officials attended the meeting.


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