Chief Secretary Punjab Major (r) Azam Suleman Khan on Tuesday said that system of check and balance would have to be strengthened to ensure good governance. He stated this while presiding over a meeting of civil and police officers of Lahore division, here at Civil Secretariat. Speaking at the meeting, the Chief Secretary said that officers should work without any fear, focusing on public service delivery. He added that officers would be given free hand but they would be held accountable. He mentioned that performance would be reviewed on a monthly basis and those who fail to deliver would be removed from their posts. "There would be no tenure protection in case of poor performance," he maintained. He asked the civil and police officers to work 'hand in hand', saying that deputy commissioners and district police officers should hold joint open courts, besides conducting field visits of tehsils twice a week. He directed government officials to deal elected representative politely and get their feedback to resolve problems of people. The Chief Secretary also issued instructions regarding cleanliness, traffic arrangements and tree plantation in districts. He said that enforcement of ban on burning crop residue must be ensured as part of measures to combat smog. He ordered that campaign against encroachments and drug abuse be expedited and stern action be taken against land grabbers. He directed that concrete steps be taken to stop narcotics use, especially in educational institutes. Another direction was about strict implementation of open door policy and display of time fixed for meeting general public in offices. He said that in the light of directions of Prime Minister of Pakistan and Chief Minister Punjab crackdown on profiteers, hoarders and adulterators would be continued. He asked deputy commissioners and district police officers to pay surprise visits to fruit and vegetable wholesale markets to supervise auction process and ensure display of rate lists at shops. He also directed that effective measures be taken for betterment of hospitals and schools. Inspector General of Police Shoaib Dastgir ordered police officers to improve security arrangements in districts. Official resources of police must be used to prevent crime and stern action would be taken over misuse of these resources, he warned. He mentioned that problems arise due to violations of SOPs, adding that there is a need to restore trust of people in police. The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Additional IG CTD, Additional IG Special Branch, CCPO Lahore, RPO Sheikhupura, deputy commissioners, district police officers, assistant commissioners and DSPs of Lahore and Sheikhupura.
A spectacular event was organized on the occasion of the International Day of Human Rights in Alhamra Hall, Lahore on Tuesday, organized by the Provincial Department of HR&MA. Ceremony started with the recitation from the Holy Quran while the Christian Pastor Shahid Miraj made special prayer for the prosperity of the country and for the freedom of occupied Kashmir. Director HR M.Yousaf delivered welcomed note and highlighted the importance of the International Day of HR. all the speakers in their speeches condemned the continued brutality in occupied Kashmir. Children of Search for Justice presented a chartered of-demand, which was included free and compulsory education in Punjab province, elimination of child labor, prevention of forced marriages, more work on children's welfare and formation of provincial commission for child rights. The special children from the Center of Darthee received a great response from the audience by presenting outstanding performance on the song: Be cruel and also peaceful. All the participants acknowledged the role of HR&MA department to celebrate the International Day of Human Rights in a wonderful way; they also condemned the worst human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. Secretary HR Tariq Mehmood in his address applauded the efforts of youth from various colleges of Lahore to highlight the ongoing terrorism in Kashmir with the help of their paintings. Minister HR&MA Ijaz Alam Augustine said in his address that the Moodi government in Kashmir is violating Article 137 for more than 127 days, which is highly condemnable. He said that today we want to convey the message from entire Pakistani nation that we always stand with our Kashmiri brothers. The minister in response to the chartered of-demand, said that many initiatives had been taken to eliminate child labor across the province, while working on more effective legislation regarding rights of women especially girls. Since the PTI government has come, more than 100 programs in Punjab have been done with collaboration of civil society and welfare institutions, a Public and Private Bill has been passed in the Punjab assembly, which is clear evidence that the situation is improving. The minister further said that today we will have to make a pledge that we will not tolerate the humiliation of humanity at all and will not only make videos of violation, will also stop the violation and for this the Punjab government always remain with youth. He said that PTI is the only party who has come to power because of youth and having desire to move forward with the collaboration of youth for the development of the country. At the end of his address, the provincial minister paid tribute for organizing the event to the human rights department and appealed to the youth to join hands with the government of Pakistan at every forum to raise issue of Kashmir's independence so that innocent Kashmiri can breathe in the air of freedom. At the end of the ceremony Minster also awarded prizes to Attiya Khadim, Khansa Sarwer from Aisha degree college on respectively got first and second positions in painting competition on Kashmir theme while Ashma Imran received prize from Govt college Samnaabad on third position. Complimentary certificates also distributed to staff of human rights and children on special performances. On the occasion parliamentarian Sabeen Gull, Christian leader Rubina Feroz Bhatti, CE(SPO) Arifa Mazhar, ex secretary of HR&MA Arshad Bin Ahmad, Secretary HR Tariq Mehmood, Peter Jacob, leaders from different religion, representatives of civil society and welfare organizations and large number of students were present in the ceremony.
Provincial Information & Culture Minister Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan has said that Pakistani rulers have much to learn from economic progress made by China. Real guardians of orange line metro train project are the people rather than security institutions or the government. Ongoing projects under CPEC are neither property of one government nor of any one family. It rather depicts Pakistani government’s cordial relations with China. He expressed these views in a ceremony being held on the eve of test trial of orange line metro train project. The ceremony was organized by Pakistan Mass Transit Authority at stabling yard of orange line train at Ali Town in which Provincial Transport Minister Jahanzeb Khitchi, Energy Minister and other Provincial Ministers, Advisors, government officers and team of Chinese engineers also participated. On this occasion, Fayyaz-ul-Hassan Chohan said that orange line project is part of CPEC which was being launched during Pervaiz Musharraf’s tenure and now this project was given final shape by Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar’s government. Cost of Rs25 billion will be incurred annually on orange line metro train project and Punjab government will grant Rs5 billion subsidy annually, he stated. PTI government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan will complete all projects of previous government with an open heart. May Allah Almighty grant more progress to Pakistan under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar and set to tread the 1200 billion under debt Punjab province on the path of progress and prosperity, he concluded.
The Department of Human Rights & minority affairs Punjab has formally started two-day celebration on the occasion of the International Day of Human Rights, in this regard a painting competition among youth of various educational institutions held at Al.Hamra Hall on Monday. The youth very beautifully portrayed the brutality of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir in their pictures, were greeted by the audience. The ceremony was inaugurated by Secretary Human Rights Tariq Mehmood, while Director Mohammad Yousuf performed the duties of the host. The secretary Tariq Mahmood appreciated the process of creating images on the subject of Kashmir while encouraged Youth to promote peace through education and art. He also distributed awards among first 5 position holders respectively, while distributed complimentary certificates to the rest of the youth. Later on talking to the media representatives, the provincial secretary said that the purpose of the event is to create a passion regarding human rights among the youth and to convey a message to the world through their art that we are peaceful and loving people but in Kashmir, humanity is facing difficulties and despite more than 126 days, innocent Kashmiris are deprived of all basic human rights, which is strongly condemnable. He said that peaceful efforts from Pakistan should not be considered our weakness and India should understand that cruelty eliminate one day.
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that a vigorous and effective campaign will be launched against corruption. In a statement issued here today, he said that we will neither do corruption nor allow anyone to do it. Usman Buzdar while addressing during the launching ceremony of Punjab Corruption Complaint App of Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment held at Prime Minister Office Islamabad said that we are fully determined to eradicate corruption in Punjab. Accountability and justice is the fundamental agenda of PTI and no society can prosper without ensuring accountability and justice. We will abide by the agenda of doing accountability and providing justice, he asserted. The launching of Punjab Corruption Complaint App will prove to usher a new era for the eradication of corruption in Punjab and we are also determined to eliminate corruption as well, he maintained. With the help of corruption complaint app, citizens can upload online video, pictures and complaints by sitting at their homes and can also inquire about status of their complaints through tracking system. Fruitful results are coming to surface after undertaking effective campaign being launched for uprooting corruption and other malpractices. In a very short span of time land amounting to Rs132 billion has been retrieved from land grabbers. Rs4.75 billion have been recovered, more than 2000 persons have been arrested, 32 thousand complaints have been redressed and ten thousand inquires have been completed. There is no precedence of such exemplary performance in such a brief period of time, he emphasized. Usman Buzdar appealed to the general public that they should come forward for rooting out corruption and play their effective role in this regard.