PML-Q central leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi said on Wednesday that the educational institutions situated in backward areas had not yet been provided with the funds to finalise security arrangements there in spite of the tall claims of the Punjab chief minister. He said this during his visit to Government Higher Secondary School Kathala where no security guards were deployed nor other arrangements were made. The school is situated near the army camp that has been attacked by the terrorists in the past. He said that such government sector schools still lacked security guards, CCTV cameras, and construction of walls and affixation of barbed wire.

Talking to the students and their parents, he said that the performance of the Punjab government was equal to zero despite the chief minister’s claims of ‘all is well’. He said that there was a threat to the lives of hundreds of thousands of students and teachers of the government schools across the Punjab.

Meanwhile, the government authorities are holding meetings to review security arrangements made by the public and private educational institutions. Different public and private schools and colleges have been placed under A Plus category and they have been asked to ensure fool-proof security arrangements like raising the height of their boundary walls, installation of barbed wire, deployment of security guards, providing them metal detectors and installation of walk through gates.

Various teams are visiting different educational institutions. The administrations have been directed to ensure implementation of the government’s security plan.

Govt says students’ security top priority


The Gujranwala Division commissioner said that security of students of public and private schools and colleges was top priority of the government and the students and teachers should be imparted appropriate training to contain any act of terrorism.

Shamail Ahmad Khawaja added that mock exercise should be started and all guidelines regarding the security of educational institutional be fulfilled. He directed that those found violating the guidelines be taken to task. The commissioner also took strong exception over the inordinate delay in the completion of Sports Gymnasium in the city and directed the DCO for prompt completion of the project. He also stressed a need for the promotion of pro-people governance among the officers to ensure prompt redressal of the grievances of the citizens.

He warned that use of substandard material in the execution of development work would not be tolerated and directed the DCO Hafizabad and other senior officers to take concrete steps against the corrupt officers and those indulged in malfunctioning.  Reviewing the steps being taken for the security of students, law and order situation, on- going development programmes and Citizens Feedback Programme, he said that zero tolerance should be shown towards corrupt officers.

He particularly referred to the inquiry report of CM’s Inspection team regarding the construction of district jail at Hafizabad which apparently shows that this was “biggest scandal” of the Punjab in which about one billion rupees has been wasted. He directed the DCO that further amount of Rs84 million recently released by the government should be spent in transparent manner and better way.