LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has enhanced to Rs10 million from Rs3 million the financial assistance to families of police personnel martyred while fighting terrorists and terrorism.
Implementing this decision with immediate effect, the chief minister on Wednesday announced to give the said compensation as well as a house, free education and job to legal heirs of police officials martyred in Tuesday’s Rawalpindi bombing.
Presiding over a meeting on law and order here, Shahbaz said the martyrs of Pindi blast had set a noble example of courage and valour and the whole nation was saluting them.  He said in the future legal heirs of martyred police officials would get financial aid of Rs10 million along with residential and job compensation .
The chief minister said that earlier the amount of financial assistance for families of the martyrs was increased from Rs0.3 million to Rs3 million, but he felt that no financial help could match their grievances.
Earlier, a proposal for increasing financial assistance to Rs5 million was presented which the chief minister did not accept and announced the said reparation. He said it was the responsibility of the government to take care of families of the martyrs . He also favoured increase in financial assistance to policemen injured in counterterror moves. He asked the Police Department to frame recommendations in this context.
Shahbaz directed the police and the administration to ensure tight security arrangements on the occasion of chehlum of Hazrat Imam Husain (RA). He said Pakistan was fighting for its survival and no effort should be spared for rooting out the scourge of terrorism and extremism. “A heavy responsibility lies on police and other law-enforcement agencies,” he added.
Provincial ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan, Shuja Khanzada, the chief secretary, Punjab Police chief, home secretary and other officers were present at the meeting.