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07/03/21

Punjab Law Minister Mohammad Basharat Raja on Sunday paid homage to the SHO Inspector Imran Abbas who was martyred in a firing incident at Civil Lines Police Station Rawalpindi and said that the martyred Inspector Imran Abbas was a very dutiful officer and always his services would always be remembered. He especially made a call to the aggrieved family of Shaheed Imran Abbas, expressed his condolence and sympathy and assured that the elements involved in the incident would be brought to the court of law and the affected family would be provided justice as much as possible. He said that crackdown of police against criminals would continue in the province. He further said that the Punjab Police had a remarkable history of sacrificing their lives for the citizens and thus the sacrifice of Shaheed Imran Abbas would be remembered as a pride for the Punjab Police forever.

07/03/21

Provincial Minister for HR&MA Ijaz Alam Augustine in a statement regarding International Women's Day said that international Women's day designated for promoting the rights of women and addressing the unique challenges they face. He said that under the tremendous leadership of Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Bazdar, the Punjab Government had taken many concrete steps to eliminate gender discrimination, included Establishment of day care centers in public and private institutions for working mothers, Punjab Woman Helpline 1043 to guide women to solve all kinds of issues, digital online magazine for women and various awareness campaign about women's rights have been launched while protecting women's rights and to eliminate violence against women effective legislation is being made in Punjab Assembly. He said that every religion taught respect to women and protects their rights; the government of the Punjab is committed to provide all basic facilities to women. He said that in the tenure of PTI first ever Punjab women empowerment package was announced in 2019 on eve of international women’s day included a comprehensive policy regarding various steps taken by the Government of the Punjab. The minister said that violence against women could be reduced by providing them with education, vocational training and social support; for this we all have to perform collective responsibility.

07/03/21

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has expressed indignation over the performance of the Southern Punjab Secretariat and strongly reprimanded the concerned authorities for not resolving public issues at the earliest besides delay in projects of public welfare. The Chief Minister directed the secretaries of different departments posted in the Southern Punjab Secretariat to improve their performance. On the special instructions of the Punjab Chief Minister, an important meeting of secretaries posted in the Southern Punjab Secretariat was held at CM's Office in which the Principal Secretary gave necessary instructions of Usman Buzdar to the concern officers to improve their performance. Usman Buzdar in his instructions has directed the concerned secretaries to take effective measures for resolving the peoples’ problems. The departments will have to perform now, inefficiency will not be tolerated at all, he warned and adding that strict action will be taken against responsible on the negligence. He further directed that officers posted in the Southern Punjab Secretariat should deliver and projects of public welfare should be completed within the stipulated time frame. He said that those who will fail to deliver as per the expectations of the people has no right to hold public office. The government will continue to encourage honest and efficient officers. Usman Buzdar said that he will not compromise on the standards and quality in the projects of public welfare. There will be Third Party Monitoring on every public welfare scheme. He further directed that the funds released for the development schemes should be utilized timely. He directed that officers should go out in the field to ensure transparency in development projects. Lip service will not be tolerated. He said that the PTI government by establishing a separate Secretariat in the Southern Punjab has given it a new identity. Now the people of the area will not have to come to Lahore for their work. Officers should perform their duties with determination and wholeheartedly. Secretaries of different departments of Southern Punjab including Health, Finance, Planning and Development, Local Government, Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering, Agriculture, Livestock and Dairy Development, S&GAD, Law, Communications and Works, Irrigation, Education, Forest and Additional Secretary Home from the Southern Punjab Secretariat attended the meeting.

07/03/21

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that respect of women is a part of our social and religious norms. West cannot even imagine the rights which have been awarded to the women in Islam. Allah Almighty has given respect to the women by making her custodian of beautiful relations like mother, daughter and sister. In his message on the occasion of World Women's Rights Day, the Chief Minister said that women are approximately 50% of the population of Pakistan. He said that role of women in practical life for the socio-economic development of the country cannot be neglected. Previous governments did not take any positive step to include women in the national mainstream. The present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan is determined to take women in mainstream. Equal opportunities have been provided to women in practical life. Empowering women is the mission of the PTI government and historic steps have been taken in this regard. He said that 187-Day Care Centres have been established throughout the province. Seven new Day Care Centres have been inaugurated last year, he added. A facility of hostel has been provided for the working women. New hospitals are being established for ensuring quality treatment to mother and child. He further maintained that more new Mother and Child care hospitals will be set up at a sum of Rs. 28 crore in Attok, Rajanpur, Bahawalnagar, Sialkot and Layyah. He said that work is being carried out on Mother and Child care hospital in Lahore and Mianwali. Usman Buzdar said that government will make women of backward areas economically and socially strong. Women will get security, empowerment, respect and progress in new Pakistan. Pakistani women are hard-working and capable and earned the name in different sectors. They work side by side with men. Today we reiterate that all out efforts will be made to protect the rights of the women, the CM concluded.

04/03/21

Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar will inaugurate jashan-e-baharan-2021 at Jillani Park along-with a visit to the art & craft village today (March 04). The parks & horticulture authority (PHA) has arranged several events for the public in jashan-e-baharan which will continue till March 23. In this regard, the CM said the people will enjoy the best entertainment adding that jashan-e-baharan has become a part of the provincial metropolis' culture. The government is promoting sports, tourism and cultural activities and the event will give a strong message of hope while providing healthy recreation to the general public, concluded the CM.