LAHORE  - Federal minister for information and broadcasting Pervez Rashid yesterday said the police officers are the front-line soldiers in war against terrorism. He said the information officers are also the front-line soldiers since they are struggling to change the mindsets by presenting facts to the people.

The minister stated this while addressing the concluding session of the two-day training workshop arranged by Pakistan Peace Collective (PPC), a project of the ministry of information, here at the Central Police Office.

Commandant War College Lt General (retired) Shahid Iqbal, Former federal secretary information Saleem Gull Sheikh, Director General of PPC Shabbir Anwar and all senior police officers were also present on this occasion.

Pervez Rashid said the ministry of information and broadcasting through PPC has started the training workshops for various government organizations particularly for the law enforcing agencies with a view to change the behaviors and mindset of the people about terrorism, sectarianism, and extremism.

He also hoped that the two-day training course in “CT Strategic Communication for Senior Police Officers” will enhance the capability of the officers to interact with reporters besides handling the news media during a crisis-like situation.

On this occasion, Punjab Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera appreciated the efforts of the information ministry in conducting such an informative, constructive, and positive training programme for the provincial police department. The IGP said the police force is determined to get rid of the menace of terrorism from the province with a view to ensure the protection of lives and properties of the people.

The police chief also thanked CEO of the PPC, Ms. Bushra Taskeen and her team for providing a wonderful training opportunity to the police officers. Meanwhile, the minister distributed certificates among the participants of the training workshop.