Punjab Ombudsman Javed Mehmood has urged politicians to concentrate on the promotion of education instead of posting of their blue-eyed station house officers in their respective areas to implicate their opponents in bogus cases.

Addressing an open court in Behak Ahmad Yar, he regretted that whenever a corrupt officer was caught, politician interfere to save his skin. He said that the tendency to get police station and district on contract should be stopped. If the politicians have no time to resolve the problems of people they should let the departments independent so as to enable them to mitigate the sufferings of the people.

He refuted that there was not even a single school in the whole province where the requisite facilities were being provided to the students. He said, “We have got colossal resources but they were not being utilized properly for promotion of education.” He directed the DCO Hafizabad to provide furniture, electricity and other facilities in the Govt Girls Elementary School, Govt Girls & Boys Primary School in village Behak Ahmad Yar within three months.

He urged the parents and respectable of the area to send their genuine complaints to his office for prompt redressal. He disclosed that a Special Commissioner has been posted in his office for removing the difficulties of students on priority basis. He also regretted that due to apathy and slackness of parents the problems of moral degradation and other problems were being created.

He also visited all the three schools in the village and appreciated the teachers for maintaining standard of education. He appreciated the role of media and said that he has taken action on more than six thousand reports of print and electronic media during the past six months and added that 90% complaints had been put forward against police and revenue departments. He urged the media men to continue to play their vital role for the resolution of people problems.

Later, he also visited Government Higher Secondary School Vanike Tarar where he himself had studied for two years. He also visited the EDO Agriculture office while his accompanying staff visited the Land Records Management Information Centre in the District Complex and Computerised Service in tehsil office Hafizabad.

PTI PROTEST ‘DISCRIMINATE’ DEMARCATION: PTI leaders have alleged that PML-N leaders were using their influence to carry out demarcation of wards and union councils according to the latter’s choice.

Addressing a press conference, PTI President Ch Amanullah Sandhu, ex-MNA Ch Mehdi Hassan Bhatti, ex-minister Shoukat Ali Bhatti and Barrister Syed Wasimul Hassan Naqvi alleged pre-poll rigging by the PML-N leaders to get the results in the local bodies’ election according to their wishes.

They also called upon the district administration and the Election Commission officials to stop demarcation of wards and union councils in the district, adding that it was being carrying out on the advice of local PML-N leaders. They also protested against the levying of further two percent GST on 40 items, which, they said, would further increase inflation. They demanded withdrawal of “cruel” taxes and formulation of pro-people policies to bring down prices of essential items.

INQUIRY: On the orders of Anti-Corruption Punjab Director Circle Officer Anti Corruption Hafizabad Rana Muhammad Ramzan has started inquiry into the allegation of landowner Ghulam Mustafa Joiya of Kolo Tarar that the president of Anjuman Patwarian Hafizabad has extorted Rs2,500 for the preparation of book to get loan.