LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday said the national institutions were deliberately ruined in the dictatorial era, because of which the trust of the people had not been restored in them.
The chief minister said he had come to realise many flaws in the system by keeping continuous contact with the people in his tent office, along with realisation of the problems being faced by the downtrodden. He said justice and accountability ought to be for all, but despite passage of sixty four years, Pakistani nation was still groping in the dark.
He believed that people’s problems could be resolved in a simple and austere atmosphere. He noted that if the system operated according to rules and regulations, people’s problems could be resolved at the lower level, and they do not have to run from pillar to post for the redress of their grievances.
Shahbaz said revolutionary steps had been taken to reform the policing system, however, the people still had to desperately search for justice in police stations and Kutchehries. He directed police officers to keep their offices open for the poor masses in order to solve their problems besides performing their duties with dedication and commitment.
The chief minister observed that those societies which did not provide justice to the poor were lost in oblivion. “Therefore, there is a need to ensure provision of inexpensive and prompt justice to the people”, he said.
The chief minister heard complaints of many citizens, belonging to various districts in his tent office and issued on-the-spot orders for redress of their grievances.
A widow, whose husband had been murdered during dacoity, at Burj Atari, appealed to the chief minister for arresting the culprits, upon which the chief minister ordered the concerned authorities to apprehend the proclaimed offenders within fourteen days to ensure justice. He also announced to bear the academic expenses of the children of the deceased and directed that these children be admitted in Daanish Schools.
The family of an abducted person from Shafiqabad Lahore, Arif, also met the chief minister, and he directed that the kidnappers should be arrested within seven days. Shahbaz Sharif also passed necessary instructions to the concerned police authorities regarding the murder case of 12 persons at Pipli Goraya, Gujranwala, and directed that the persons nominated in the case, ought to be arrested at the earliest.
He appreciated the police party that arrested the murderer of a person Ashiq, after nine years, at Girjak, Gujranwala. MNA Pervaiz Malik and concerned police authorities were also present on the occasion.