RAWALPINDI – Punjab Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs, Local Government and Revenue, Rana Sanaullah Khan, on Saturday termed the Mehrangate scandal a pack of lies and said that PML-N leadership was fully prepared to face the scandal. “The allegations levelled by former Mehran Bank chief Younus Habib were baseless and this will not dent the popularity of PML-N among the people of Pakistan” he added.  He said this while addressing at the passing-out parade of probationer assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs) course held at Punjab Police College Sihala.

On the occasion, SSP/Deputy Commandant Punjab Police College Sihala Muhammad Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja, police officers and many other dignitaries were also present.

Rana Sana Ullah said that corruption in all institutions had achieved a new height while the chief executive was protecting the corrupt elements including President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, which was also known by public. The public would not forgive the corrupt rulers and would throw them away from their offices in upcoming general elections by stamping on tiger, the election symbol of PML-N, he added.

He said the PML-N would take recourse to the court after the issue regarding political funding in the run up to 1990 elections, was substantiated. “We will keep on raising our voice against the corruption of President Asif Ali Zardari,” Rana Sana said, adding the people involved in ransacking the national institutions were making hue and cry over Mehran Bank scandal.

The nation would unveil the faces of thieves, who plundered public money, in the next general election by voting N league, Rana Sana Ullah noted adding there would no politically motivated appointments in police.

It should be mentioned here the scandal involving political funding by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to run electioneering campaign in 1990, which was termed as Mehrangate scandal, re-surfaced when the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) took up a petition filed by Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan after 16 years to ascertain the facts and punish those found responsible.

Bank of Punjab former Chief Younis Habib made some sensational revelations, which were denied by former Chief of the Army Staff Mirza Aslam Baig before a three-member bench of the apex court, but, Lt General (retd) Asad Durrani averred the allegations.

APP adds: Rana Sanaullah said that all-out efforts were being made to make police corruption0-free and promote a culture of merit for new recruitment in Punjab Police. The provincial minister said that solid steps were being made to improve the image of police. He said that a state of the art forensic laboratory had been established at a cost of Rs 3 billion in Lahore, which was the largest lab in Asia. The lab would help to reach the criminals, particularly in major crimes, he added. He also said police would be imparted special training to investigate the crime cases. He said that Punjab police is being made a corruption free and solid steps are being taken to ensure merit especially for new recruitment. He said that due to continuous professional development programme, the police officers will notice a positive change and they more effectively will deal with the criminals and their professional capabilities will improve which will help eliminate negative police culture.

Rana Sanaullah said that Punjab police have been provided latest weapons. The salaries of the police personnel have been increased to a considerable level besides several steps have also been taken to ensure politics free policing, he added. He also expressed satisfaction over the courses, which have crime control strategies, crime scene investigation and other important subjects.          Earlier, a smart continent of police officers completing training also presented salute to the chief guest.

While paying rich tributes to the martyrs of terrorism the provincial minister for law said the police officers should serve the people with commitment and honesty.

Earlier, Inspector General of Punjab Police presenting welcome address highlighted different facilities of training of the police officers at the college and referred to up-gradation of training courses.

He said that 500 Probationer ASIs were imparted academic and physical training of high standards. He said that police officers would come to expectation of the people and the government with regard to protection of life, property and respect of the citizens.

He congratulated the police officers, who passed out and urged them to discharge their duty with devotion and honesty.