MULTAN - Punjab Inspector General of Police Haji Habibur Rehman has said that the Punjab Police have got full capacity to control terrorism incidents. He claimed that according to his sources, the son of late Salman Taseer was still alive.

Addressing a press conference here at Circuit House on Tuesday, Haji Habibur Rehman pointed out that as the IG of Punjab Police, he had spare no effort and utilise all his energies to purge the province of crime and protect the life and property of the public at all costs.

The Punjab IG disclosed that special arrangements had been made for the security of airports across the province.

To a question, Habibur Rehman claimed that those involved in heinous crimes had either met their logical end or had left the province since he had assumed office.

To a question the Punjab IG Police said that the incident of abduction of the son of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer took place before his posting, adding that according to his sources Shahbaz Taseer was still alive. He hinted that talks with abductors were also in progress for the safe recovery of former governor’s son.

He declared that there was no OSD in the Punjab Police Headquarters due to the stay order from the courts, which had also held back the promotions of certain officers.

Habibur Rehman said that he came here on the directions of the Punjab Chief Minister to inquire into extortion reports in Sabzi Mandi, adding that he had found out that the information about extortion was correct. He said that he would recommend to the Punjab Chief Minister to form a committee on this issue comprising the Punjab Agriculture Secretary and the DCO.

He said he had ordered establishment of police pickets at grain and vegetable market to tackle extortion mafia. The Punjab IG Police stated that grand operation was being launched against the persons involved in taking extortion.

Haji Habibur Rehman disclosed that about 350 criminals had been killed during various shootouts with police during his tenure. To a question about weight reduction of officials, he stated that the drive was successfully heading forward and also added that there were other 17 countries wherein the same campaign was also launched.

About shortage of officers, Haji Habibur Rehman informed that 125 posts of DSPs were lying vacant and work was in progress to fill these vacancies.

The IG Punjab claimed that there was remarkable reduction in crime rate, especially abduction cases after effective action against the criminals.