LAHORE – Punjab Police Inspector General Habibur Rehman has said that the reward and punishment policy would continue in the department according to which the honest and hardworking officers are rewarded and encouraged while the cops with poor performance or bad repute are bound to face the music.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a head-money distribution held at the Central Police Office on Friday, the provincial police chief reiterated that the police officers involved in corruption or patronizing the criminals have no space in the police service.

The IGP distributed Rs 4.548 millions among 130 police officials including in informers for capturing 10 Proclaimed Offenders and killing three most wanted criminals in the province. Additional-IG (Investigation) Punjab Naseem-uz-Zaman, SSP (Investigations) Punjab and other senior officers were also present on this occasion.

Earlier, addressing the ceremony, the police chief said protection of the lives and properties of the people was a noble task. For this purpose, the police officers and officials who sacrificed their lives were commendable and these honest, brave, and dutiful officers/officials were the really asset of the police force.

SSP (Investigations) Punjab Dr Abid Khan informed the police chief the Investigations Branch Punjab had launched the exercise in 2007 to eliminate hardened criminals on the directives of the Punjab government.

The department published first black-book in 2008 with names and record of the hardened criminals and reward for their arrests as well. The second edition was published in 2011. The SSP (Investigation) Punjab further said that Punjab government had announced Rs 210. 54 millions as head-money on 643 proclaimed offenders and hardened criminals. However, the provincial Punjab police have so far arrested 303 out of 390 criminals and also killed at least 87 criminals, who had been carrying Rs 130.59 millions had-money.

DIG fires three SHOs : Regional Police Officer (RPO) Sheikhupura Zulfikar Ahmed Cheema has suspended three Station House Officers (SHOs) from service on the charges of corruption, a police spokesperson said on Friday.

According to a press release, SHO Bhikhi Inspector Muhammad Tariq Cheema, SHO Sadar Nankana Inspector Rana Muhammad Wakeel, and SHO Bara Ghar police station Inspector Mirza Muhammad Lateef were suspended from service. DIG Zulfikar Cheema further said that only dead-honest officers would be posted as SHOs and the officers found involved in corruption would be sent either back to their homes or to the jails.

11 arrested: Punjab Highway Patrol (PHP) claimed to have arrested 11 culprits on charges of having illegal firearms and narcotics and recovered weapons from their possession. The arrested men have been handed over to the local police for further interrogation.