LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that the maintenance of law and order is the top priority of the government and all out measures are being taken for improving law and order in the province.

He said that maximum funds will be provided to police, however, it will have to perform its duties with commitment and efficiency and come upto the expectations of the masses. He said that measures are being taken expeditiously for the setting up of Anti-Terrorism Force and its offices are being set up at divisional headquarters level.

He said that Anti-Terrorism Force will become operational by the end of the current year.

He was presiding over a high-level meeting to review overall law and order situation in the province, here on Tuesday.

Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah Khan, Chief Secretary, Inspector General of Police, Secretary Home, Secretary Law, Secretary Prosecution and other concerned officers were present.

Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister said that Punjab government has increased the package for police martyrs to Rs 50 million and the government will discharge its responsibility regarding look after of the families of police martyrs in a proper manner. He said that free education and health facilities will be provided to the children of police martyrs and their families will also be provided houses.

The CM said that police should spare no effort for protecting the life and property of the people and redressing grievances of the aggrieved.

He said that huge funds have been provided for improving the efficiency of the police and modern training has also been arranged for its capacity-building.  He said that work is being carried out speedily on the project of setting up a modern command and control center in Lahore.

He said that the center will help eliminate crimes through modern digital monitoring system.  The Chief Minister said that law should come into action immediately to redress the grievances of the aggrieved. He said that police will have to show better performance and utilise all its abilities and energies for improving law and order.

He said that the officials showing negligence and dereliction of duty have no room in Police Department.

The Chief Minister further said that Amna Batool case of Muzaffargarh is a test case for police as the innocent girl had been subjected to extreme cruelty. He said that the family of Amna Batool will be provided justice at any cost and the Punjab government will bear all expenses regarding the case. He said that all legal demands will be met for ensuring due punishment to the culprits.