LAHORE - Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has ruled out any threat to democratic system in the country and said that no one should have any apprehensions in this regard. He said that all institutions of the country were working within their respective sphere and all of them had opportunities to grow and flourish. He said that officers and 'jawans of Pakistan Army and Police were creating new history with their sacrifices in the way of protecting the people and the country. He said that it was the first time in national history that besides officers and jawans of army, their children had also embraced martyrdom. He said that in this scenario, criticism on the institutions amounts to mocking at their supreme sacrifices. He stated this while addressing the concluding ceremony of the 3rd training course of Punjab Police arranged by the Lahore Corps of Pakistan Army at Mehfooz Shaheed Garrison here on Monday. Corps Commander Lt Gen Ejaz Ahmed Bukhshi, Maj Gen Mazhar, Maj Gen Raza Muhammad, Home Secretary, Nadeem Hassan Asif, Inspector General of Police Tariq Saleem Dogar as well as seniors officers of Army and Police were present on the occasion. The CM said that the training of police officers and jawans by Pak Army was a shining example of mutual coordination and harmony between institutions. He said that the army was rewriting history with its courage and bravery in the war against terrorism and the supreme sacrifices of armed forces have raised the morale of the nation. He said that Pakistan was facing serious challenge of extremism and militancy and it could only be countered with collective wisdom, determination and professional training. He said that he was thankful to Army Chief Ashfaq Parvaiz Kiyani and his colleagues who had arranged a comprehensive programme of training of the Punjab Police on modern lines for coping with terrorism and extremism. He said that Pak Army was playing a commendable role in the war on terror and after successful operation in Malakand and Swat, a fatal blow was being delivered to terrorists in South Waziristan. He said that these supreme sacrifices of Pak Army had boosted the morale of 17 crore people of Pakistan. He said that such tragic scenes of terrorism in Meena Bazar Pashawar, Moon Market Lahore, Parade Line Mosque Rawalpindi and other cities of the country in which several innocent citizens including children lost lives had never been seen in the history of the country. He said that at Parade Line Mosque, besides officers and Jawans of Pak Army, innocent children who were bowing before Allah Almighty also embraced martyrdom. He said that Pak Army, Police and the whole nation was fighting the war for the survival of the country and were determined to foil the nefarious designs of the enemy through unity and solidarity. He said that jawans of the Punjab Police had acquired excellent training with the assistance of Pak Army for maintaining peace and combating terrorism and would now be able to perform their responsibilities more efficiently. He said that he was thankful to Corps Commander Ejaz Ahmed Bukhshi and other senior officers who had arranged training of police jawans on proper lines. He said that he saluted army and police jawans who had given a message of unity and solidarity to the whole nation by jointly participating in the training course. Corps Commander Lt Gen Ejaz Ahmed Bukhshi said that the recent acts of terrorism had tarnished the image of the country. He said that anti-Pakistan elements were trying to weaken economic foundations of the country, but they would never succeed in their designs as the army, police and the whole nation was united to foil such conspiracies. He said that sacrifices of police in the war against terrorism were a glorious example of commitment to their responsibilities. He said that the training course of police for capacity building had been arranged on the instructions of Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kiyani and the process had been started throughout the province. He appreciated the dedication of the third batch of police jawans who had received training. He said that two batches of police had already acquired training from the army while 2100 policemen would receive training in nine groups. He also congratulated police jawans on their successful training and expressed the confidence that the evil designs of terrorists would be defeated with joint efforts. Earlier, Brig Zaffar gave a detailed briefing regarding the training course. The CM witnessed display of practical training of police jawans, and appreciated their professional efficiency. He also thanked officers and jawans of army for the training of Punjab Police on modern lines. He also saw a mock exercise of the army and police in which students of a school were taken hostage by terrorists, but they were rescued jointly by jawans of the army and police. The CM gave away certificates to police jawans who received training. Jawans of the army raised slogans of Pakistan Zindabad, Pak Army Zindabad, and Punjab Police Zindabad on the occasion of prize distribution ceremony.