LAHORE - Interim Chief Minister Dr Hasan Askari has said that the police should maintain friendly ties with people as per requirements of justice.

“The nation cannot ignore sacrifices of policemen,” he said at an event held to mark Police Martyrs Day at Alhamra Saturday.

Interim ministers Shaukat Javed, Zia Haider Rizwi, Ahmad Waqas Riaz, IGP Kaleem Imam, the mother of martyred CTO Capt (r) Mubeen, widow of constable Ramazan, senior policemen and families of martyrs attended the ceremony.

Following the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran, one-minute silence was observed. The interim CM stressed the need for providing police modern technology to cope with challenges. He hoped the police will face the changing challenges of the security with efficiency.

He continued: “Martyrs are our heroes and there are great objectives behind great sacrifices. Sacrifices and martyrdom are basic ingredients of our historic and national identity. Such spirit generates when the objectives are great and passion is strong to achieve the same.

“Discharging duties with responsibility and defence of principles requires sacrifices. The great status of martyrdom is achieved when the respect and dignity of the department and collective welfare of society is kept supreme. The policemen sacrificed their lives while keeping in mind these objectives. Their sacrifices would be remembered forever.”

He also listed sacrifices the nation rendered in war on terror, saying: “The nation has rendered unparalleled sacrifices in the war against terrorism. Incidents of terrorism have been reduced considerably due to sacrifices of army and security institutions, but still this war is continuing. The army, Rangers, police have discharged their duties efficiently.”

He added: “These sacrifices are guarantee to life. The sacrifices of martyrs are the matter of pride for us and the nation cannot ignore their sacrifices.”

He said the Punjab government will cooperate with the police department for the help of the families of the martyrs. He said the Punjab government was with the families of police martyrs and it’s still standing with them.

The interim CM said enhancing the performance of the police by providing them modern technology to face the challenges of security is the praiseworthy act.

“The uniform of police represents the confidence of the nation and policemen and officers will never ignore the respect of uniform. They should always keep it in mind that the common man should feel comfort due to the attitude of police and should not be afraid of them. The laws are made for the welfare of people and the people are not for the law.”

“The purpose of this ceremony is to pay homage to police martyrs who are alive in our hearts forever.”

Ex-CM pays tribute to police

PML-N President and former Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has paid tribute to the martyred policepersons.

In his message, the former CM said: “Living nations never forget their heroes and the police men stand tall for rendering their lives to protect the country and the nation from anti-state elements and the terrorists. The blood of the martyrs is a debt on us.”

He expressed sympathies with the families of the martyrs.