LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that provision of prompt justice to the people and protection of life and property of citizens is the prime responsibility of police which must perform their duties efficiently and honestly.

The chief minister said this while presiding over a high level meeting here on Friday to take into account various proposals regarding reformation of the police system, improvement of working conditions at the police stations and provision of prompt justice to the citizens.

Shahbaz Sharif said that police would have to change their behavior towards the common man to ensure justice to the people at the police stations. He said that funds would continue to be provided to the police for improving law and order and eradication of crimes, however, police would have to give results.

The chief minister said that modern information technology can help improve the system of provision of justice to citizens in police stations and computerized record management system is essential for registration of complaints.  He said that citizens’ feedback communication system can play an important role in providing justice to the common man. He directed an effective system of monitoring should be devised besides measures should be taken for improving efficiency of police.

He said that special attention will have to be paid for capacity-building of police force for harmonizing it with the demands of the modern age.

Shahbaz Sharif said that police should perform their duties with commitment and efficiency for ensuring law and order and elimination of crimes and no effort should be spared for redressing the grievances of citizens.

Shahbaz Sharif said that confidence of the people in police could be restored through change in Thana culture and in addition to basic reforms, all out measures should be taken for this purpose.

The chief minister said that Punjab Forensic Science Lab was playing an important role in the speedy investigation of cases and provision of justice to the citizens, therefore, it has been decided to set up satellite labs of forensic science laboratory in nine divisions of the province. He said that setting up of forensic science labs at divisional level will help in conducting tests of evidence in the concerned divisions.

He directed that cabinet committee should submit practicable recommendations for reforms in police system and improvement in the working of police stations.

Lahore CCPO gave a briefing on police stations, provision of justice to the common man and curbing of crimes. Provincial Ministers Shuja Khanzada, Bilal Yasin, Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Inspector General Police, Secretary Home and concerned officers were present on the occasion.