RAWALPINDI – Tension scaled up again at Sadiqabad area when dozens of local residents staged a protest demonstration against police officials of Sadiqabad police station for allegedly teasing innocent citizens and forcing them to pay police the bribe.
According to protestors, the police cops of Sadiqabad implicated the innocent men in fake cases and forced them to pay bribe for obtaining release. They said that the police favoured those who filled their pockets with currency notes while registered case against the people who refused to bribe police.
However, SHO Sadiqabad Sadiq Malik Allah Yar, when contacted, rebuffed the allegations saying a police constable deputed at the entrance of the police station had barred a person from entering inside without proving his identity. On this, the visitor got infuriated and started quarrelling with the constable. In the meanwhile, some other residents also gathered there and started protesting against police.
He said that he and DSP negotiated the protestors, who after dispersed peacefully. On a query, the SHO replied not a single stone was pelted at the police station by the protestors.
25 academicians promoted
Meanwhile, Punjab Higher Education Commission has promoted 25 Grade-19 associated professors of Rawalpindi, among 180 in the province, to Grade-20 professors.
According to sources, notification of the promotions has also been issued. The news has spread a wave of joy among the associate professors of colleges in the province.
Earlier, only three to four associate professors were usually promoted at a time.
Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association lauded the step of the Punjab government. When contacted, president of the association, Prof Muhammad Aliyas Qureshi confirmed the news and said that the associate professors had been awaiting the promotions for many years. He further informed that a notification of regularization of contract lecturers in 450 colleges of Punjab has also been issued.
1,994 graveyards pointed out under GDA
Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioners (ACs) and administrators of Rawalpindi district have pointed out 1,994 graveyards in the district in their report on the directives of City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) under the chief minister Punjab’s Graveyards Development Package.
According to the report, Rawal Town has 33 graveyards, Potohar Town has 711, Kahuta has 34, Kalar Syedan has 390, Gujjar Khan has 271, Murree has 308, Taxila has 145, Kotli Sattian has 85 and Rawalpindi Cantt has 11 graveyards.
The chief minister announced Rs1 billion for the whole province, while Rs46.5 million are being provided to Rawalpindi district. The funds would be released to construct boundary walls, covered places for funeral players and drainages, and to provide lights and other facilities in the graveyards.
Planning and Development (P&D) Department would prepare the designs for the project, while Building Department would do the construction work.
The DCO formed committees on tehsil level under the package. The administrators would be conveners of the committees.