CM Shehbaz inaugurates Safe City Project in Lahore


LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Thursday that it is best for Pakistan to say no to the United States (US) once and for all rather than facing embarrassment on a daily basis.

The chief minister’s remarks came days after US President Donald Trump subjected Islamabad to stern criticism, saying the country had given nothing but “lies and deceit” to Washington in return for billions of dollars.

“We don’t want to pull a fight with any country,” Shehbaz told reporters at a ceremony held in Lahore in connection with the Safe City project on Thursday. “Waving goodbye to such an aid will save us from being shamed,” he said.

He inaugurated the project, a unique of project of its kind in Pakistan and the biggest project in Asia at Qurban Lines.

After inaugurating the Integrated Command, Control and Communication Centre (IC3) of Punjab Safe Cities Authority, the chief minister said that the Punjab government had started the project for providing a crime-free and peaceful atmosphere to citizens.

He said, a huge screen had been installed in the centre which was the biggest in Asia while 8,000 cameras had been installed at 1700 important points. “The Punjab police’s Integrated Command, Control and Communication Centre (IC3) will enhance security of lives and property of the citizens of Punjab by employing smart technology and equipping Punjab Police with modern surveillance capability,” he added.

The project was initiated by the chief minister Punjab in May 2016 to make the city safe and hadsbeen completed at a cost of Rs 14.52 billion. Fibre optic cable is used in the program and a video wall comprising of 203 scanners has been installed in the head office for monitoring.