A delegation of 11 Senior Journalists and Analysts representing the media fraternity of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa visited Punjab Police Integrated Command Control and Communication center (PPIC3) to secure first-hand insight of the faculty. The delegation comprised of print and electronic media icons, stemming from Peshawar Press Club.
The Chief Operating Officer of Punjab Safe Cities Authority, Akbar Nasir Khan briefed the delegation about various arms and functions of the project and the advanced technologies supporting the same. The COO accompanied the entourage throughout the PSCA’s premier project PPIC3 which acts as a consolidated hub of integrated policing regulating swift Emergency & Police responses including, but not limited to, intelligent traffic management, dispatch of Punjab Police, PRU and Dolphin Force, 1122 Emergency response, Criminal Identification/ Investigations, virtual surveillance and Media Monitoring. The Journalism veterans expressed awe and excitement on witnessing marvel of latest technologies employed by the project. They termed the mass engagement of tech-savvy youths a guarantee to Pakistan’s bright future. Such sophisticated & integrated security projects must be emulated across Pakistan, they added. The journalists said that such latest technologies and skilled work force ins mandatory to succeed in the ongoing war on terror.
Military Officers from CMP (Corps of Military Police) School, Dera Ismail Khan Branch, visited PPIC3, Qurban Lines Lahore on Tuesday. The 14-member delegation was apprised of functions and structure of the premier project of Punjab Safe Cities Authority by the Operations Commander SP Muhammad Naveed who, while escorting the entourage, established the inevitability of such pervasive and omniscient policing enterprise as a valid remedy to modern day increasing uncertainty.
The Military Officers from MP School appreciated the technologies and practices in place as were demonstrated to them in details. They showed keen interest in the unprecedented Facial Recognition Technology buttressed with swift and automated police interception protocols. They appreciated the conflation of various emergency response helplines, under a universal SOS number 15, in-line with international standards and practices. The MP officials also expressed awe and satisfaction on authority’s capability to record and produce geo-positioning data and tagging of vehicles within the metropolis by the virtue of ANPR technology and geo-strategic grid of capacitated CCTV cameras. They termed PPIC3, a monumental achievement towards integrated policing in Punjab, seeking emulation across Pakistan. Such projects ensure optimum security thresholds as they employ latest technologies and advanced gadgets when preempting or combating crime, they added. The delegation agreed to this right-and-timely step taken by Punjab government towards curtailing threats, crime-graph and frail security situation. They felt proud and expressed great interest in the overall productivity of the PPIC3 faculty. The MP Officers were later awarded with shields and souvenirs from the management of PSCA.
Women Development Department Punjab in collaboration with UN Women launched a pilot project in Lahore to make public transport facilities accessible, safe and harassment-free for women. Deputy Secretary WDD Amna Rafique presented the welcome address and briefed the participants about the training in detail. Representative of UN Women Ms. Hooriya Sayeda also highlighted the importance of the training.
The Project initially has been launched in Lahore to conduct women’s safety audit in public transport to assess women’s perceptions of safety as well as actual safety and increase their participation in decision-making. Internationally recognized as a ‘best practice’, a women’s safety audit tool is being introduced in Pakistan for the first time and Women Safety Audit Report was launched in December 2017, she added. In this context, Women Development Department in collaboration with UN Women plan to enhance the capacity of Punjab based stakeholders on gender equality. The training is aimed at strengthening the capacity of the concerned officials to ensure promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda committed as enshrined in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR). Women Safety Helpline has also been inaugurated to check harassment of women in public transport based on findings of women safety audit report by Women Development Department Punjab and UN Women. This campaign will be further extended with the help of Lahore Transport Company (LTC) management to create maximum awareness among the women about their rights and protection. Later, certificates among the participants were also distributed.
Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Kh. Salman Rafique chaired the meeting of syndicate of Fatima Jinnah Medical University in the committee room of the University. Vice Chancellor FJMU Prof. Dr. Javed Gardezi, Dr. Nausheen Hamid MPA besides officers of others departments, MS Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Dr. Fayyaz Butt, MS Govt. Shahdra Teaching Hospital Dr. Rafique Chaudhry and MS Govt. Mozang Hospital attending the meeting. Various agenda items regarding the financial and administrative matters of FJMU and its attached hospitals were put in the syndicate meeting including service structure of the employees, development works, janitorial service contract, replacement of coil of MRI machine, approval of building works through Communication & Works Department, creation of jobs opportunities for utmost posts in the university, on this occasion, Kh. Salman Rafique said that all tasks should be presented in the syndicate meeting and conducted as per rules and regulations after thorough scrutiny. He further said that a syndicate meeting can also be held in the end of May in this regard.
Provincial Minister HR&MA Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said that the Government of Punjab is committed to protecting the rights of minorities as well as human rights, and a number of concrete steps have been taken besides legislation and execution of special initiatives for the purpose. He stated this while met with Yaqub Masih at his residence to present financial aid from CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. Provincial minister Mansha-u-llah Butt, MPA Zulfiqar Ghori,Ch M Ikram, Parliamentary secretary Tariq Masih Gill, DC Sialkot Dr. Farukh Naveed, Mayor Sialkot Toheed Akhtar were also present at the occasion.
The Minister Khalil Tahir Sandhu gave 05 Lac’s cheque to Yaqub Msih and assured him for quick justice with the help of their legal team through the Court. Yaqub Masih thanked to HR&MA Minister and especially CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif for quick justice and financial aid. The Minister said during media talk that accused had been arrested and challan also presented to trial court where hopefully justice will be provided to Yaqub Masih. He said that through cooperation of media government can save many precious lives. He also thanked to media for highlight the case of Asima.