Lahore: Police department and private sector would work hand in hand to defeat the day-by-day rising crimes.
The decision was made at a meeting between the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Captain ® Muhammad Amin and the LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry on Tuesday. LCCI Senior Vice President Mian Nauman Kabir and Vice President Syed Mahmood Ghaznavi also spoke on the occasion.
CCPO said that desired results cannot be achieved without being on one page against social crimes and terrorism. He said that police and all segments of society in general and business community in particular have to play their role in this regard. He said all individuals of society should keep a vigilant eye on anti-social elements.
CCPO informed the participants that stringent measures were being taken against the land grabbers and extortionists. He said that Punjab government has passed an Ordinance that tenant would be registered with the concerned police station within three days.
He said that the law & order situation could be well in control within one month once the clearing the city of weapons is carried out.
Awami Tahafuz Committees have been formed to ensure the safety of masses. There is no qabza/bhatta group exists in the city.
He said that strategy has been evolved and measures are afoot to change the thana culture. He said that 160 admin officers have been appointed in all the police stations of the city to take care of the complainant.
Elaborating the point, he said that the two admin officers had been appointed at each police station.
The CCPO offered to form a committee in collaboration with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry to resolve the financial issues being encountered by the business community.
Speaking on the occasion, LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz said that business community acknowledges the sacrifices given by the police force in war against terrorism. He also complimented the Punjab Police for giving a feeling of security to the masses.
LCCI President said that business community was well aware of the challenges being faced by the police department. He said that commitment and professionalism can surpass all kinds of adversities.
He said that the business community of Lahore under the banner of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry was eager to maintain a strong liaison with the Police department.
Ijaz A. Mumtaz informed the CCPO that LCCI has formed a Standing Committee on “Law & Order” in LCCI which evaluates law & order situation in the city and proposes various solutions to address these problems. He urged the CCPO to appoint personnel from police department to liaise with the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
He invited the attention of CCPO towards worsening situation of law & order in the city. The menace of street crimes is rising day by day. He said that the trend of dacoities especially in markets and busy commercial centers are also increasing. He said that the businessmen remain under constant fear while carrying heavy amounts to or from banks.
LCCI President said that the irony of the fact is that most of the time, affectees of these crimes are just given lip service by the Police Department. The prevalent “thaana” system with its typicality is preferred to be avoided by the respectable citizens.
He urged the CCPO to take some drastic steps to dispel such perceptions about the Police.
He said that the setting up of anti terrorism force in Punjab is a positive step towards dealing with terrorism issue. He said that this was a proper way to counter terrorism and it would also shift the major burden off from the police department’s shoulder. They would have much more space to carry out their actual duties of policing the city. Around 1500 trained officers have been hired for this job. This step would help in enhancing the law & order situation in Punjab.
LCCI president said that training and awareness programs should be introduced in collaboration with organizations like Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
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