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23/09/16

Provincial Minister for Women Development Hameeda Waheed ud Din has said that under Women Package 2016, two focal persons preferably women have been appointed as Assistant/Deputy Prosecutor in each district for providing free legal assistance to women for resolving their problems. 

According to a notification, Nuzhat Bashir has been appointed as DPG and Umm-ul-Baneen as DDPP for Lahore High Court Lahore. Ch. Zubair Ahmed Farooq as APG and Mirza Muhammad Usman as DPG for Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi Bench Rawalpindi, Shaukat Ali Ghauri as APG and Ch. Muhammad Akbar as DGP for Lahore High Court Multan Bench, Multan while Malik Muhammad Latif as DPG and Khalid Pervaiz as DPG for Lahore High Court Bahawalpur Bench, Bahawalpur.

Similarly, Sajida Riaz has been appointed as DDPP and Ms. Iman Haider as ADPP Okara, Saima Ambreen as ADPP and Mrs. Shagufta Sarwar as ADPP Muzaffargarh, Naghmana Shabbir ADPP and Miss Asma Iqbal as ADPP Rawalpindi, Miss Saima Riaz ADPP and Miss Naila Amjad as ADPP Hafizabad.  Mr. Arslan as ADPP Toba Tek Singh, Muhammad Moin Ali as ADPP and Nafeea Bhatti as ADPP Sheikhupura. Ms. Saira Jamil as ADPP and Mrs. Raheela Mehmood as ADPP Lodhran. Miss Sobia Jabeen as ADPP Rahim Yar Khan. Zaheer Ahmed Sherwani as ADPP Khanewal. Miss Shumaila Sultan as ADPP and Miss Summera Ehsan as ADPP Gujranwala. Miss Asia Yasin as ADPP Lahore. Madam Shafia Tabish as ADPP and Miss Adeela Ishaq as ADPP Faisalabad. Miss Naila Danish as ADPP and Miss Bushra Yasmin as ADPP Multan. Miss Sidra Butt as ADPP Narowal. Mr. Imran Attique as ADPP Rajanpur, Miss Shazia Rafique as ADPP Bahawalpur, Rao Amjad as ADPP and Tahir Siraj Bhatti as ADPP Vehari. Miss Saima Parveen as ADPP and Madam Safora Riaz as ADPP Sahiwal. Manzeer Saeed as ADPP and Basharat Ali as ADPP Nankana Sahib. Miss Sidra Nisar as ADPP Gujrat, Madam Shumaila Rani as ADPP Sialkot, madam Rukhsana Yasmin as ADPP Kasur. Tariq Hussain Sial as ADPP and Muhammad Imran as ADPP Bhakkar. Ch. Almas as DDPP and Shah Din as DDPP Bahawalnagar. Imtiaz as ADPP and Zulqarnain as ADPP Khushab. Muhammad Raza ur Rehman as ADPP Mianwali. Miss Fozia Shafique as ADPP and Miss Tahria Yasmin as ADPP Sargodha. Abdul Rab as DDPP Attock. Muhammad Asghar as ADPP and Zubair Hussain as ADPP Jhang. Ijaz Haider Khan as ADPP DG Khan, Nadeem Abbas as ADPP Chiniot, Waqar Gul as DDPP and Malik Anwar Ali as DDPP Layyah. Amir Ranjha as ADPP Chakwal, Miss Aisha as ADPP Pakpattan, Jamshaid Chaudhry as ADPP Mandi Bahauddin and Rizwan Yousaf Tarar as ADPP Jhelum.  

21/09/16

Punjab Minister for Labour and Human Resource Raja Ashfaq Sarwar inaugurated the Provincial Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) at Industrial Relations Institute to redress the grievances of migrants such as underpayment of wages, confiscation of passports, substandard working conditions and confinement in the workplace. Migrant Resource Centers in all the districts of the province will also be established simultaneously.   

Department of Labour and Human Resource, Punjab established the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Lahore in 2015 with the support of the EU funded “South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project” (SALM) implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the EU funded project “Silk Routes Partnership for Migration” implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. While MRCs already exist in other labour sending countries in South Asia, the centre in Lahore was the second to be established in Pakistan. The MRC provides a range of support services to (potential) migrants, migrant workers, and their families, including information, counseling, referral and pre-departure orientation. Head of Cooperation, European Union Delegation to Pakistan, Mr Bernard Francois, Mr Ottó Fábrik, representative of the ministry of interior of Hungary; Ms Tomoko Nishimoto, Assistant Director General/Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, International Labour Organization, Ms Ingrid Christensen, Country Director, ILO Country Office for Pakistan and Ms Sedef Dearing, Senior Regional Adviser, Silk Routes, ICMPD were also present. Punjab Labour and Human Resource Department, Labour Welfare Director General Saleem Hussain welcomed the participants and said his department was very much concerned about the protection and welfare of migrant workers and believe that “solution of problems of migrant workers lies in formulation of better governance of labour migration by both the labour sending and receiving countries and by providing more and more information to the migrant workers under one roof.” He also showed commitment to replicate the MRC model in other parts of the province.

21/09/16

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that no society can progress without supremacy of merit, justice and law. He said that Punjab government has adopted merit policy in police and other departments, as it is essential for survival. He said that police stations will have to become centers for redressal of grievances of the aggrieved. He said that like others, the sector for provision of justice has also been facing a decline and the situation will have to be changed. He said that time has come to change the culture of sale of justice in police stations and Kutcheries. He appealed to senior police officers and police force to uphold justice at any cost. He said that salaries of subordinate judiciary and police have been increased and additional expenditure of billions of rupees is being borne. The Chief Minister announced to upgrade Constable from grade 5 to 7, Head Constable from 7 to 9, ASI from 9 to 11 and create 13000 additional vacancies of Head Constable rank to give incentives to 1.25 lakh police force. Similarly, financial assistance for the families of police martyrs laying down their lives in fighting terrorism has been increased from Rs 50 lakh to Rs. one crore. Moreover, an increase of 50 lakh rupees has been made in the financial assistance for the heirs of those police officers who will embrace martyrdom in the war against terrorism. The Chief Minister also announced to construct a memorial for martyrs of police in a big park. 

He was addressing Police Darbar at Elite Police Training School Bedian, today. The Chief Minister said that Punjab police has made commendable efforts for the protection of life and property of people, therefore, more incentives are being announced for police force. He said that construction work of the memorial in a big park to commemorate sacrifices of police martyrs will be started immediately. He said that 13000 new Head Constables will be made in police on seniority-cum-performance basis. He said that after Elite Force, Punjab government has set up Counterterrorism Force for which Inspector General Police, Home Department and other institutions have worked with coordination. He said that such a force has been formed with the collaboration of different institutions as is ready to make any sacrifice for the protection of people and takes enemies of peace, terrorists and extremists to their logical end. He said that the role of police force in safeguarding citizens will always remembered and due to its efforts people are living in peace. He said that there was an impression a few years ago that police was incapable to meet the challenge of terrorism but the situation has changed in Punjab. He said that Police Force, Elite Police and Counterterrorism Force have written a new history of courage and bravery in the war against terrorism which is appreciated all over the country. He said that there is room for further improvement which can be brought about with hard work, honesty and commitment. The Chief Minister said that on the instructions of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on 2013 elections, work was started for setting up Counterterrorism Force and progress is being made with commitment and determination for realizing the vision of the prime minister. He said that splendid successes have been achieved in the war against terrorism due to hard work and courage of Pak Army, Police force, Elite Force and other ecurity agencies. He said that Counterterrorism Force has been trained on modern lines and officer and Jawans of security institutions are performing their duties with a spirit of martyrdom in the war against terrorism and crime. He said that menace of terrorism will have to be rooted out to come up to the expectations of the people. He said that though it is difficult task yet can be achieved with determination. The Chief Minister said that when Pakistan Muslim League-N came into power in Punjab in 2008 is was decided on the instructions of Nawaz Sharif to enhance salaries of subordinate judiciary and police so that they could perform their duties regarding protection of life and property of people with a peace of mind. He said that when it was decided to increase salaries of police in 2008, he was told that it would put additional burden of eight billion rupees on Punjab government. However, he said, he took this decision as it concerned supremacy of justice. Shehbaz Sharif said that 60000 recruitments are being made in Police department annually on merit basis while the same policy is being adopted in other departments. He said that due to merit policy, educated youth of the poor families are joining police and other departments. He said that Punjab government has also given a splendid package for the families of police martyrs to save them from financial problems. He said that only those nation can progress as can any face challenge with courage and bravery. Shehbaz Sharif said that highly competent and educated youth are joining Police Force and it is his appeal to them to play an active role for provision of justice to the aggrieved. He said that time has come to change Thana culture. Shehbaz Shairf said that CPEC is a game changer for Pakistan and those trying to cause delay in CPEC project should mend their ways. He said that Pakistan cannot afford politics of protest and chaos. The Chief Minister said that no one will be allowed to create hurdles in the process of national development or take law in his own hands. He said that 800 more Sub-Inspectors will be recruited while a special unit has been formed for the protection of Chinese engineers working on CPEC project. He said that this unit comprises 5000 officials but their number will soon be increased to 10000. He said that now after 70 years, the common man feels that situation is satisfactory and Pakistan of Quaid and Iqbal is going to become a reality. The Chief Minister stressed upon police to spare no effort for the protection of CPEC. He said that those who got the visit of Chinese President postponed in 2014, have again come out and want to hinder the process of national progress and prosperity. He said that CPEC is aimed at prosperity of future generations and has to be completed at any cost. Inspector General Police Mushtaq Sukhera also addressed the ceremony. Provincial Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, Secretary Home, senior police officials, police Jawans and lady police officers were also present on the occasion. 

20/09/16

Punjab Minister for Agriculture Dr. Farrukh Javed has directed the field and extension officers of Agriculture Department to start spray on war footing for prevention of attack of white pest on cotton crop. The Minister took notice of the attack of white pest in the area of cotton belt in Punjab. He directed all the field officers to make direct coordination with cotton cultivators and ensure the process of spray. He said that an awareness campaign should be start immediately across the province in this regard. He said that he personally not only monitor the whole process but also himself visit the concerned areas to ensure the preventing measures 100 percent. 

He expressed these views while talking in a meeting of agriculture officers regarding attack of white pest on cotton crop. He said that sudden increase in temperature after Eid, start damaging cotton crop in some areas. The Minister said that this year cultivation of cotton crop is less than the last year and effective measures could not taken in time can cause massive damage. He directed the field officers to ensure timely spray across the province and if send report to the department and any negligence in this regard will not be tolerated.

20/09/16

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, while issuing directions to Provincial Cabinet Committee on Anti-Dengue, has said that all concerned departments and institutions should perform their duty in an active manner for coping with dengue. He said that all out steps should be taken for eradicating dengue in Lahore, Rawalpindi and other cities. He said that effective implementation of the plan evolved for controlling dengue should be ensured at every cost. Concerned federal and provincial institutions should take measures through collective efforts. Shehbaz Sharif said that there is no room for negligence or laxity in the implementation of plan devised for dealing with dengue. He said that full attention should be paid to indoor and outdoor surveillance. He said that concerned departments will have to work hard like previous years in this regard. He said that no negligence will be tolerated regarding implementation of the plan evolved for checking dengue.