LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting today to review the pace of the project of setting up Punjab Police Integrated Command & Control Center, and directed authorities to complete the process of recruitment of 4,000 retired army personnel in the police force in two weeks. Presiding over a meeting on the law and order situation in the province on Monday, the Chief Minister said that law and order cannot improve with mere data prepared by sitting in offices. He said that the government had provided all resources to improve law and order and now the police must show its performance. He said that in order to bring crime to an end, the police will have to work like servants of the people. He said that the people are the best judges to give verdict on police performance. The Chief Minister directed the police to remain alert and control the street crimes. He said that he himself was monitoring the law and order situation as it is the responsibility of the government to protect life and property of its citizens. He reminded the police officers that he would not tolerate any laxity on their part and warned that he would take strict action if any case of extortion came to his notice. The Chief Minister formed a high powered committee to monitor the law and order situation and directed the immediate arrest of the accused involved in various high profile cases. At the same time he said that the standard of investigations must be improved, demands of justice be met and challans presented in courts without delay. He directed that the Police Website be updated regularly and Helpline 15 be made state of the art.
He said that the establishment of the Punjab Police Integrated Command & Control Center in the provincial metropolis will help in controlling incidents of crime and terrorism. He said that this project is of vital importance in the launching of prompt relief activities in case of any incident and the effective monitoring of police performance. Therefore there should not be any delay in its execution, he said that the Punjab government will provide funds for the establishment of this modern center and the project should be completed within available resources. He directed Inspector General Police to take measures for speedy implementation of this important project without any wastage of time.