LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the leadership instigating its political workers should review its conduct. He was talking to media after inquiring about the health of injured police officials who were subjected to violence by workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek at District Headquarters Hospital Rawalpindi on Wednesday.
Shahbaz said he saluted police officials who displayed patience and restraint in the face of torture and violence. He said administration was paying maximum attention to the treatment of the injured police officials.
Earlier, the chief minister visited different wards of Rawalpindi District Headquarters Hospital to inquire after the health of injured police personnel. He went to each injured and personally gave away cheques of three lakh rupees.
Expressing sympathies with the injured police officials, Shahbaz appreciated their discipline and restraint in the face of violence and cruelty.–Staff Reporter
He said the police officials faced brutality but foiled the conspiracy to create lawlessness in the country. An injured constable informed the chief minister that six participants of the procession bet him mercilessly with sticks for about 15 minutes as a result of which he faced head injury while his leg was also fractured. A bearded police official who broke in tears told the chief minister that he was beaten up with sticks by the protesters and was also dragged on the ground. Some officials informed that some demonstrators were carrying sticks with pointed nails. The chief minister was told that 90 percent injured officials had received head injuries or the bones of their hands, arms and legs had been fractured.
WATER FILTRATION PLANTS TO BE INSTALLED THROUGHOUT PUNJAB
Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Saaf Pani Project is of vital importance as it is directly linked with the health of the masses.
Presiding over a meeting to review the pace of Saaf Pani Project here on Wednesday, he said people could be saved from diseases through supply of potable water. The chief minister said that provision of safe drinking water was responsibility of the state and government would discharge its obligation at any cost. He said the target to provide potable water to every citizen of the province till 2018 had been set and no effort would be spared for its achievement. He said Saaf Pani Project, costing billions of rupees, would be implemented speedily and water filtration plants would be installed throughout the province under this project.
Shahbaz said implementation of Saaf Pani Project would also remove disparity between the rich and the poor as currently the elite class was drinking mineral water while the common man was deprived of even potable water. Therefore, he said, this important project would be executed as a national responsibility. He directed that best professional consultants be selected for implementation of Saaf Pani Project and a comprehensive planning be made for implementation of water supply schemes in a coordinated manner. He also directed that speedy implementation of the project be ensured while due attention should also be paid to maintaining transparency and a high standard. He further said that the project should be operated on the pattern of corporate for its implementation on permanent basis.