LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has put a big question on the police performance after multiple robberies in the city during last week.

Around half a dozen people have so far lost their lives while as many sustained serious bullet wounds in broad daylight robbery incidents.

Besides the killing of five people on resisting robbery attempt in Millat Park area, the chief minister also took a serious note of a dacoity incident in which a person was robbed of his money and valuables when his vehicle was shortly stopped at a traffic signal at Garden Town.

Presiding over a meeting yesterday, the CM reviewed the progress made so far on the gory incidents in the city. Police authorities presented preliminary report in this regard.

Shehbaz Sharif expressed indignation over the incidents of crime in the Punjab capital city. Addressing the police officials, he said that resources of billions of rupees have been given to the police and likewise equipped with training and modern equipments, so that it can perform its duty in an efficient manner for maintenance of law and order and protection of life and property of people.

“Despite all resources and training, occurring of such incidents is deplorable,” the CM commented. He asked the top cops to tell where Dolphin and PRU Force was at the time of recent incidents. “What was the system of patrolling in the area,” he questioned.

He directed the authorities concerned to play an active and vibrant role for safeguarding life and property of the masses. He ordered the police officer to arrest the accused involved in these incidents within 72 hours.

“There is no priority other than establishment of law and order that is why billions of rupees have been spent for setting police department on modern lines.” IGP Mushtaq Sukhera, CCPO Lahore, Home Secretary, and other senior officers were present on the occasion.

SATISFACTION OVER SECURITY

Meanwhile, CM Shehbaz expressed his satisfaction over foolproof security arrangements on Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and Urs of Hazrat Data Gunj Bakhsh. He lauded the performance of Cabinet Committee on Law and Order, police, administration and law enforcement agencies on best security arrangements.

“With the blessings of Allah Almighty and round the clock hard work of members of cabinet committee, law and order situation remained under control throughout the province,” the CM said in a statement. He said that peace committees and elected representatives played an effective role for maintaining the environment of brotherhood on the occasion of Chehlum.

REVIEWING SAFE CITY PROJECT

Separately, presiding over a meeting to review the progress on Safe City Project, the CM said protection of life and property of the people and provision of peaceful environment to them is the government’s priority.

“The Safe City Project is a milestone in achieving the goal of peaceful, prosperous and safer Punjab,” Shehbaz said, adding that transparency, quality and speed in development projects are identity of Punjab government. A third party audit policy has been adopted for ensuring quality and transparency in the projects, he told the meeting.

In addition to Lahore, this project will be launched in other big cities of the province, the CM announced.

A delegation of Chinese company Huawei said the Safe City Project will be completed speedily at the earliest. Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, chief secretary, IGP, home secretary, PITB chairman, CEO Punjab Infrastructure Development Authority, Lahore Commissioner and other officials concerned attended the meeting.