HAFIZABAD

The City Police have arrested two Afghan nationals, stated to be the members of a gang notorious for having committed dacoities in Jewellers shops in Hafizabad, Jhelum, Sialkot, Kot Radha Kishan (Kasur), Kujah (Gujrat), Chichawatni, Qallar Syedan (Rawalpindi), Bhera (Sargodha) from January 25, 2012 to January 05, 2014 and had made off with with gold ornaments worth billion of rupees.

The gang consisting of 25 dacoits, mostly Afghan nationals, had committed biggest-ever dacoity in the jewellers shop in Main Bazaar Hafizabad on January 25, 2012 and had made off gold ornaments worth Rs100 million. A case had been registered but the police remained clueless about the accused and the owner of Madina Jewellers (Saith Nasir Iqbal) went from pillar to post but to no purpose.

Recently, on a tip-off, the local police raided different places and succeeded in arresting Naqeebur Rehman alias Toofan, son of a Police Inspector in Jalalabad Afghanistan and Gul Azeem of the same place. During interrogation they told the police that they had established a gang headed by Wali Khan and consisting of Sohail, Raheemullah, Shafiqur Rehman, Sabaoon, Gul Agha and 18 others. They also confessed that their gang had not only looted jewellers shops in the Punjab but also several such shops in Peshawar, Mansehra, Buttgrame, Ghari Habibullah (KPK) and used to sell the looted gold in Peshawar.

The police have so far failed to recover even a single gram of gold from the arrested accused. However, the police have set up special teams to recover the booty from the “purchasers” on their pointation.

EX-SERVICEMAN ROBBED: A retired Army Major was deprived of cash amount of Rs86,000 by three armed bandits while another villager was deprived of his motorcycle today.

According to retired Major Khalil Ahmad, he was getting the construction of his house on Madhrianwala bypass today when three bandits riding a car snatched away Rs86000 from him at pistol point.

Another villager Mudassar Iqbal of Vanike Tarar parked his bike No. HZK-1896 outside the DCO office and went inside the office and when he came out after some time he found his bike was missing. The police are investigating.

Commissioner orders monitoring of uplift projects:  Gujranwala Division Commissioner Shumail Ahmad Khawaja declared that all the DCOs and heads of nation building officers were accountable to the masses and it was their duty to perform their professional duties honestly and with commitment to mitigate their sufferings and provide them relief promptly.

While chairing a meeting of the heads of different departments at District Complex, he reviewed the performance of the departments here the other day.

He regretted that some officials were making delaying tactics in the execution of development works and showing poor performance in the service delivery and teasing the masses on one pretext or the other adding that such officials would be shown zero tolerance and they would made accountable.

He told the officers that he did not believe in traditional briefing and would visit the district after two weeks to visit the sites of every ongoing development projects and standard of material being used in their completion.

He said that he would strictly monitor the functioning of education, health, roads and building departments. He warned that he would not tolerate use of substandard material in the implementation of uplift projects and poor performance of anyone.

He expressed his dissatisfaction over the use of substandard material in the metalling of Kot Hara-Qadirabad and Pindi Bhattian roads and called for detailed inquiry report promptly.

Earlier, DCO Mansoor Qadir briefed the Commissioner and told him that Rs900 million uplift projects under the district development, provincial development, MPA and other packages were being executed in the district and their monitoring was being made strictly. District Officer (Cord) Noman Hafeez, ADC Safeena Siddique, AC Hafizabad Umar Farooq Warraich and AC Pindi Bhattian Yasir Bhatti attended the meeting.