LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Sardar Usman Buzdar on Wednesday said that provision of modern equipment and training to the police was among the top priorities of the government.
Addressing a passing-out parade at Elite Police Training School Bedian Road, the chief minister said that the government was determined to eliminate crime in the province and all available resources would effectively be utilised in this regard.
The CM lauded the services of policemen and said they had rendered great sacrifices to protect the people of the province. “They deserve accolades for their hard work and dedication,” he said.
The police officials have worked hard to ensure effective monitoring and provision of foolproof security to the citizens, he added.
CM Buzdar said that modern training was imparted to the personnel of the Special Protection Unit (SPU), including constables, which would be helpful in reducing crime and eliminating terrorism from the country.
He urged the policemen to perform their duties with responsibility and courage, adding that the prime responsibility of the police was to ensure the protection of lives and properties of the masses.
The CM said that he himself was evaluating the performance of police to bring further improvements in the department.
Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Amjad Javed Saleemi, senior police officers and others concerned were also present on the occasion.
Separately, the chief minister condemned firing at labourers in the Ganz area of Gwadar and expressed a deep sense of sorrow over their death.
He extended sympathies to the heirs of the bereaved families and prayed for the earliest recovery of the injured.