Transparency hallmark of PTI govt, says CM



Decides on holding a review of performance of every department

Amraiz Khan

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Tuesday said that transparency is the hallmark of the incumbent government and all-out measures will be taken to eradicate corruption from all tiers of the state machinery.

“No one will be allowed to indulge in any sort of corruption and corruption is intolerable for the PTI government at any level,” he emphasised, adding that the government will made a horrible example of the corrupt elements through stringent legal course.

“Gone are the days when corrupt elements were patronized and their misdeeds were covered,” he pointed out and regretted the corrupt were patronized under the umbrella of the past government.

The incumbent government is following a policy of zero-tolerance against corruption and the fuss of the opposition is nothing more than hypocrisy, he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar decided to hold a review of the performance of every department and administrative secretaries will brief him in detail about the steps taken during two and a half years along with a future roadmap.

In this regard, the chief minister chaired a meeting of the home department to review departmental performance. The ACS (Home) briefed about achievements, jail reforms and legislation.

Different officials attended the meeting. The CM expressed satisfaction over the performance of the home department and directed to work with more zeal to achieve future targets.

Talking on the occasion, the CM affirmed building multi-storey barracks to accommodate ten thousand prisoners in seven jails.

The civil work of a high-security jail in Mianwali has been completed while a new jail has also been constructed in Lodhran.

Meanwhile, action has been initiated against 1319 officials for showing negligence and corruption, he added.

Besides, the prisoners’ management information system has been started in 21 jails along with the provision of courtrooms in different jails.

The CM said Punjab forensic science training lab will be made functional soon. New child protection institutes are also being established in six different districts while the child protection institute in Sahiwal has already been completed, he said.

Meanwhile, CM Usman Buzdar expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the death of Khursheed Hafeez, widow of the writer of the national anthem Hafeez Jalandhari.

In a message, the CM prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with fortitude.

Meanwhile, CM Usman Buzdar termed the continuous Israeli attacks on Palestine as a blatant violation of all human rights. He said Israelis’ hands are drenched with the blood of innocent Palestinians. Israel will continue to indulge in similar brutalities if it is not stopped today, he stressed.

Meanwhile, the continuous silence of the international community, over the situation in Palestine, is a big question mark. The defenceless Palestinians have an equal right to live, he added.

While the silence of the international community is resulting in human tragedy, the people and the government of Pakistan has full sympathies towards Palestinians, he said.