Lahore: Bank robberies and dacoities at jewellery shops have almost been controlled in Lahore due to pro-active policing and the police have also smashed several other gangs involved in heinous crimes. The arrests of hardened criminals would not only help police maintain law and order in Lahore but also further bring down the crimes rate.
These views were expressed by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman while presiding over a high-level meeting held at Police Lines Qila Gujjar Singh to review the security and crimes situation in Lahore today. CCPO Lahore Muhammad Aslam Tareen, DIG (Operations) Rai Muhammad Tahir, DIG (Investigations) Chaudhry Muhammad Shafique, SSP (and all the divisional SPs were also present on this occasion.
The provincial police chief said that they are committed to make Lahore a crime-free City and to root out criminals and crimes from the province as well. The IGP said that the Lahore police are working days and nights to control crimes. The Lahore police especially the CIA police needs appreciation for arresting the criminals involved in the killing of senior member of Lahore Bar Association advocate Nasrullah Waraich, the IGP said and added that this was for the first time that the chief of the Punjab police has been invited to address the Lahore Bar Association.
Later, all the Divisional SPs briefed the IGP about the crimes situation in their respective areas one by one. IGP Punjab said that the practice of reward and punishment would continue according to which the corrupt and incompetent officers/officials would be kicked out from the department while the honest and dedicated officers/officials would be rewarded and encouraged.
The IGP gave commendatory certificates to the officers and officials of Lahore police for ensuring extraordinary security arrangements during the holy month of Ramazan. The IGP awarded Rs 100,000 to SP CIA Omar Virk for his outstanding performance while all the divisional SPs were given Rs 20,000 each. After the meeting while responding to a question about the arrest of Shaukat Basra, the police chief told reporters that the IGP office never makes arrests.