LAHORE, Sep 10 (APP):Punjab Governor Ch Muhammad Sarwar
said on Monday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) government
would empower police and the civil bureaucracy in order to free
it from the political influence.
Addressing a ceremony to decorate the police martyrs and
Ghazis at the Governor’s House, he said the police would be
freed from the undue pressure of the public representatives
so that it could stay impartial and maintain law and order.
The ceremony was held to award Quaid-e-Azam Police Medal
and President Police Medal to the police officers who had laid
their lives in the line of duty (martyrs) and performed deeds
of valour in action (Ghazi). Medals were awraded to 103 martyrs
and Ghazis.
“We stand at the crossroads of history and envision a country
where political office-bearers do not interfere with the working
of the police or civil bureaucracy and seek undue favour to win
elections,” he said, adding the police must set its house right
as well.
The Punjab Governor said that a ceremony to pay tribute to
the martyrs would be held annually at the Punjab Governor’s House.
He regretted, “We have failed to pay homage befittingly to the
martyrs and heroes like the living nations do, adding that only
those nations live in the annals of hisotry which glorify their
He said Punjab police had rendered invaluable services for
the eradication of crime and terrorism with their life and blood
and maintain durable peace in the province, adding that the nation
was proud of their tales of bravery and valour.
Ch Sarwar said the nations, whose individuals were ready to
render sacrifices for the security and solidarity of the country,
could never be dominated, expressing the faith that Pakistan
came into being to live till eternity.
He said the country was a citadel of peace due to the sacrifices,
adding that our frontiers and cities were safe and the terrorists
were on the retreat today as a result of the glorious deeds of valour
and bravery of the martyrs from the armed forces and the police.
Senior Minister Abdul Aleem Khan, Information and Culture
Minister Fayaz ul Hassan Chohan, Minister Irrigation Mohsin Leghari,
MPAs, Chief Secretary Akbar Hussian Durrani, Inspector general of
police Syed Kaleem Imam, and senior police officers were present
during the ceremony.