RAWALPINDI - Eulogising the role of Pakistan Army and police in eliminating terrorism, Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif on Monday said that terrorism can only be dealt with by adopting stern approach.

Addressing the passing out sub-inspectors of police at Police Training College Sihala, Shahbaz Sharif said that set goals are being achieved through operation Zarb-e-Azb and “bullet is the only way to tackle terrorism.”

The chief minister stressed upon the supremacy of merit for provision of justice to the common man.

He said that 411 sub-inspectors who completed their training have been selected only on merit. He said that it was duty of sub-inspectors to work on merit as they are fully aware of the importance and fruit of merit.

The CM said that due to the supremacy of merit, a labourer Naveed of Muzaffargarh has become a sub-inspector and got gold medal. Appreciating hard work of Sub-Inspector Naveed, Sharif said that the nation was proud of such talented sons.

Sharif said that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government had started the process of recruitment of officers and jawans in police department purely on merit through recruitment of inspectors through Public Service Commission in 1998 but this journey was stopped due to the unconstitutional step taken on October 12, 1999.

He said that government has been striving to bring about changes in the system in accordance with the aspirations of the common man who wants to see restoration of merit by terminating the culture of ‘sifarish’ and dispensation of justice is done at the grassroots level in its letter and spirit. “Restoration of proper policing and dispensation of justice to the common man in Punjab is our top priority”, Chief Minister Punjab said.

He said adoption of harsh approach is imperative to overcome the existing “Thana” culture and the goal towards development can only be achieved if the “sale of justice in kutcheris” is appropriately curbed.

He termed it a happy augury that the process of overpowering “Thana” culture and reforming discipline of police, initiated back in 1998, is moving ahead at a pace.

Later, the CM presided over a meeting regarding Rawalpindi-Islamabad metro bus project at Punjab House Islamabad. Project Director Commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed gave a briefing about the latest situation of construction work.

Addressing the meeting, Shahbaz Sharif said that travelling has been made comfortable for the people through metro bus service and all segments of the society will benefit from this facility.

He disclosed that Rawalpindi-Islamabad metro bus service project will soon be inaugurated. He said that the inauguration day will be a happy day for the people of Rawalpindi and Islamabad and this project will provide comfortable, economical, speedy and safe travelling facilities to the residents of twin cities.

Provincial Home Minister Col (Retd) Shuja Khanzada, Chairman Metro Bus Project implementation Committee Muhammad Haneef Abbasi, Project Director Zahid Saeed, chairman CDA and other senior officers attended the meeting whereas Chief Secretary Punjab and concerned secretaries participated from Civil Secretariat Lahore through video link.