LAHORE - Members Punjab Assembly from both sides of the political divide have urged the provincial government to do more for improving the law and order situation, and initiate reforms in the police department so that people could be protected from the outlaws. They were speaking here on Tuesday at the Punjab Assembly during the general debate on law and order situation in the province. Prior to the concluding remarks on the debate by Provincial Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan, the Opposition staged walkout from the House when Member Qamar Fareed Kathia and Rana Sana shared their moments of anger, when the former objected to construction of cardiology hospital in Quetta. "Chief Minister Punjab should have taken the House into confidence prior to allocating Rs 1 billion for the construction of hospital, as it is the money of the province," he said, when Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan was not allowing him to speak on a Point of Order, as Rana Sana was about to start his speech. Rana Sana became very serious, and in a loud voice, he asked Kathia to sit down, which was perceived as a threat by the Opposition member, who started virtually yelling at Rana Sana. Tempers soared at this time, and the House became noisy. PML-N's Rana Arshad also started shouting back at Kathia, which was enough to provoke the rest of the Opposition members, who started leaving the House to protest against the attitude of the Law Minister. However, on the direction of the Speaker, treasury members Muhammad Aslam Kharal and Rana Muhammad Iqbal brought them back to the House. Rana Sana, in a polite manner, said he actually meant to state that Shahbaz Sharif had actually given the grant from his discretionary fund, which had been approved by the House. "This grant will strengthen Pakistan's foundations," he maintained, while clarifying that he was just stopping Kathia from speaking and not threatening him, as everyone had the right to speak. While thanking MPAs for contributing in the debate, Rana Sana said the senior officers were present in the Gallery, which never happened during the last regime. He admitted that there was a huge space for work on the law and order front, but the members had themselves acknowledged that the situation was better. He also assured the House that the government would duly consider all the suggestions for improving the law and order. Rana Sana said two model police stations would be set up in every district, and then this process would be extended to other areas. About apprehending proclaimed offenders, he said 360 hardened criminals with head money were identified, and so far 100 POs and gangs had been crushed on war footing, while it would take another two to three months for arresting the rest. He also negated certain assertions made by the members when he said the NATO Forces' depots were not being shifted to the Punjab, as neither any proposal was under consideration nor the federal government had asked the provincial government in this regard. Earlier, over a dozen members spoke on the subject, while equal number of MPAs remained absent, which had been usual with other debates. Ijaz Ahmed Khan blamed war on terror for suicide attacks. Malik Muhammad Ahmed Baloch underlined the need for dispensing quick justice, and registration of the FIRs. He spoke against the withdrawal of death sentence. When all members bitterly criticised the police, Opposition's Amna Ulfat appreciated the police for reasons better known to her. Rana Muhammad Afzal spoke for education, and member police's attitude. Ch Sher Ali Khan suggested less criticism, and more consideration of bettering adverse working conditions of the police. Syed Hassan Murtaza urged the House to legislate for the families of the policemen, who had laid down their lives in the line of duty. Ahmed Hassan Dehr, Waris Kahloon and Aamir Sultan Cheema were among the prominent absentees. Rao Kashif Raheem, Mian Muhammad Rafique, Ayesha Javed, Ch Muhammad Arshad, Tayyaba Zamir, Riffat Sultana Dar (spoke as PPP's worker), Rai Muhammad Kharal, Samina Khawar Hayyat, Syed Ibrar Hussain Shah and Maulana Ilyas Chinioti also spoke on the House. On completion of agenda of the day, the Chair adjourned the session for Wednesday at 10 am.