LAHORE - Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah told Punjab Assembly on Wednesday that Punjab’s share in countrywide heinous crime was only 6.05 per cent as against its 57 per cent share in population.

Opening up general debate on law and order in House, the law minister said that Sindh had the highest ratio of heinous crime: 34.41 per cent, followed by KP and Balochistan whose share stood at 33 and 27.9 per cent respectively of the total crime. He further informed that a total of 9,568 cases of heinous crime were reported last year in Pakistan and Punjab’s share was negligible.  He said that despite unemployment due to shortage of gas, the crime rate in Punjab did not increase much in the last two years. Terming law and order situation in Punjab as satisfactory, the law minister paid tributes to police martyrs who had lost their lives in police encounters.

Taking part in the debate, Parliamentary Leader of PML-Q Ch Zaheer drew law minister’s attention towards the presence of 75, 000 proclaimed offenders in Punjab who were a big threat to law and order. He said that increasing trend of crime in the province had altered the life style of people who would not come out of their homes after suns sent with valuables for fear of being looted. He also cited two examples of dacoity incidents with two female members of the Punjab Assembly, Sajida Mir and Aman Ulfat to substantiate his point besides a robbery incident at GoR residence of a lady professor.

The PML-Q legislator said that despite allocation of Rs 184 billion for law and order in the last four years, some 850 incidents of blind murder took place in Lahore alone in the preceding year. Zaheer called for an end to posting and transfer of police officers on political basis and urged the government to equip police with modern facilities to defeat the criminals.