Rawalpindi - Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif said that the armed forces and personnel of other law enforcement agencies including police have given countless sacrifices in the war against terror.
“The blood of martyrs will not be gone waste. The Army’s efforts against terrorism and the sacrifices rendered by the Army officers and soldiers are always being supported and acknowledged by the government,” he said.
He said that countless sacrifices had been rendered to promote peace in Pakistan. “These sacrifices are calling, politicians, judges, bureaucrats not to waste their blood,” he said, adding that people of Pakistan were looking towards those having powers as they needed basic facilities, security, health facilities and education.
He urged all stakeholders to shun their differences and forge unity among their ranks to put country on track of development and prosperity.
“We should change our thinking now and should implement a system in the country based on honesty, hard work and discipline and to promote merit,” the CM added. He said that we should change our habit of seeking donations or debts and should rather expand the tax net.
“The government and the nation should protect its reserves and say no to corruption,” he said.
The CM was addressing passing out parade of 3rd batch of probationer sub-inspectors held at Police College Sihala on Tuesday.
As many as 287 sub-inspectors passed out during the parade. IGP Punjab Capt (r) Arif Nawaz Khan, Commandant Sihala Police College Capt (r) Ahsan Tufail, RPO Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja, City Police Officer Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi and many other senior and junior police officers were also present on the occasion.
The CM said that the government had built 1500-bed liver and kidney transplant centre worth Rs20 billion by its own resources. “We should generate revenue from our own resources and should say goodbye to world donors,” Shehzad Sharif said.
He said that one must bridge the gap between the poor and the rich and set aside disputes to serve people. “We need to pay taxes and use our natural resources for public welfare, instead of begging for loans,” the CM said.
The CM said that the poor in the country had been running from pillar to post to get justice but there was no system to redress their complaints, adding that those responsible for providing justice could not fulfil their responsibilities. “We have to change our mindset to provide justice to the poor”, he said.
He said that PML-N supported armed forces in battle against terrorism, adding that billions had been spent on police for enhancing their capacity to fight terrorists.
The CM said that out of seventy thousand applicants, 286 candidates were selected on merit for as SIs. Among the probationer SIs, there was a PhD degree holder, four having M Phil, and 128 having master degrees. “Educated police officers will improve the “Thana Culture” in the province,” he said.
Earlier, IG Punjab Arif Nawaz Khan, in his welcome address, said that government was committed in bringing change in Thana Culture and the SIs who passed out would be the third batch who would be deputed in model police stations in the province.
Commandant Police College Sihala Ahsan Tufail said that as many as 85,000 police officer had been trained at the PCS since it had been established. He added that 286 probationers, including 19 female, had completed their training at the college.
He said that school of investigation was being established at the police college with the assistance of Germany and training facilities are also being improved.
Later, prizes were awarded to Sis who got positions in parade, shooting, and academics.