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Economic progress depends upon the law and order situation:IGP

Lahore: The economic progress, development, and trade and investment in the province depend upon the law and order situation. The police are also confronting terrorism and sectarianism challenges besides fighting crimes. The police must focus on preventive policing to get the criminals punished as per law by using modern investigations techniques and enhancing operational capabilities.

Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Khan Baig stated this while addressing the first RPO conference of his tenure at the Central Police Office (CPO) today. RPO Conference 7.2.2013 and all the RPOs and DPOs of the province attended the conference.

The conference reviewed in detail the prayer leaders at the mosques, and the ownership of the Masajid situated in different districts of the Punjab province.

The IGP was informed that mosques, Madarassas, and Imam Bargahs are being built without getting NOC and building plan from the authorities concerned, which later generates a lot of problems.

Khan Baig directed the officers to keep close liaison with the local peace committees to fully implement the procedure as decided by the government and the local peace committees. It was also decided in the conference that the concerned DCOs and the Auqaf department officials should also be taken on board for this purpose.

It was also decided in the meeting that the elements involved in printing of provocative material, or misusing the loudspeakers to spread sectarianism should be dealt with iron hands. The meeting also approved proper monitoring of those missing in the 4th schedule. The IGP also directed the officers that those falling in the 4th schedule should be strictly directed to ensure implementation as per the surety-bonds. Those in violation of the prescribed formula found involved in attending rallies or processions in other cities where they are banned should also be arrested and punished as per the law.

The IGP also briefed about the incidents heinous crimes like kidnapping for ransom, robberies at banks and jewelry shops and auto-lifting reported in January 2013. The IGP directed the officer to ensure immediate registration of the case and submission of challans in the courts so that the criminals should be brought to justice.

It was also decided that the crackdown on the gangs involved in auto-lifting must widened and the policy of aggressive policing would be continued against the Top-20 and Top-20 criminals.

The conference also reviewed the arrangement for the Model Police Station project likely to be inaugurated in the second week of the month of February. The IGP informed that the provincial government had so far allocated funds for 50 Model Police Stations while all the required equipment including vehicles and provided to the department in this regard. The staff has already been posted in these police stations.

The conference also discussed in detail the standing order prepared by the DIG (Legal) for the promotion of Inspectors to the rank of DSP including the F-list, ACR, and other proposals and suggestions given by the officers about the promotions matters.

The IGP directed that the Standing Order should be finalized in the light of the suggestions and proposals given by the officers.

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