No compromise on fair polls: Punjab IGP


Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Aftab Sultan has once again assured that no compromise would be made on holding fair, free and transparent general elections.

Sultan said that all-out efforts were being made to maintain law and order across the province for the conducting of fair and impartial general polls without succumbing to pressure from any quarter. He warned that no one would be allowed to disrupt law and order in the province.

On the other hand, he also hoped that all political parties, their supporters and candidates would strictly adhere to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) code of conduct.

Sultan said that whole hearted co-operation was being extended to the ECP for free polling in every nook and corner of the province. He said additional police force will be deployed at all 40,078 polling stations for 49,297,879 voters in 148 National Assembly and 297 Punjab Assembly constituencies and wherever required the services of troops of Pakistan Army and Pakistan Rangers will be acquired for assistance to the civil administration.

The IGP said that all regional police officers, capital city police officers and district police officers will be personally responsible for law and order in their respective jurisdiction failing which strict action will be taken against them.

He firmly believed in rule of law and supremacy of merit, he said adding that during his tenure, he would make sure that no injustice was done to any one. He said that divisional and district officers must also monitor the overall performance of their subordinates and those found guilty must never be spared.

Sultan warned all sub divisional police officers and station house officers to behave politely with aggrieved people who visit police stations for seeking justice and register their cases without any hitch.

Gunjranwala RPO Add IG Khuda Bukhsh Awan and Faisalabad RPO DIG Javed Islam said that all necessary security measures in line with the IGP’s guidelines had been taken in the regions with close co-ordination and liaison with the ECP.