LAHORE - Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan has categorically denied the need of calling in Rangers in the province to deal with security issues and law and order.

“In Punjab, well trained and well equipped law enforcement agencies and the counter terrorist force are properly serving the purpose of controlling law and order situation. There is, as such, no need of calling the Rangers in this province,” Sana told the media in an interaction before the Punjab Assembly session here yesterday.

The minister said that during the current session any mega project including Orange Line Matro Train would be discussed on the Opposition demand. The session will also debate law and order situation in the province, he added.

Chiding the Opposition leader Mian Mahmudur Rashid for flaying the government projects, the PML-N minister said the Opposition led by PTI is worried that the development projects would darken their political career.

He also rubbished criticism on Punjab development projects as negative propaganda of the Opposition. However, he invited the Opp to debate Orange Line and address any flaw in the project if pointed out.

“Metro like projects are recongised as hallmark of any big city all over the world and the PML-N desire to develop such schemes in every city of the country,” Rana Sanaullah told the media.

He also eulogised the report of Transparency International about degreasing level of corruption in Pakistani government, and threw challenge to face any consequence if corruption of a penny was proved on evidence against the PML-N government.

To a question, Sana stated that every area of Punjab will have facility of drinkable water by 2018 for which the government has started billion rupees projects.

Replying to a question about the ongoing tension between Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan and Leader of the Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah, the PML-N stalwart said the situation was not beneficial to anyone as passing personal remarks against each other ill behooves their status.

Regretting the situation, he expressed the hope that both the leaders would shun their differences and would pay attention to the issues which virtually affect the nation.

About the increase of salaries of the assembly members, he said the packages being received in Punjab were still less than in other provinces.