LAHORE: Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Khattak has said that martyred personnel are the pride of the Punjab Police and patronising their families is the one of the top priorities of the department.
He was addressing a ceremony for the distribution of residential plots’ allotment letters to the families of martyred police officials at the Central Police Office on Thursday
He said regional police officers and district police officers had been directed regarding the timely transfer of stipends, including the subsistence allowance, to officials’ widows and heirs.
He said the widows and heirs could meet him at his office or contact him through telephone if they had any problem regarding the transfer of money. “Their problems will be solved on a priority basis,” he said.
He said departmental action would be initiated against those who used delaying tactics to solve the problems of the families of martyred officials.
He said that Punjab police from a constable to the IGP was like a family sharing happiness and sorrows with each other.
He said that a residential plot could not be a compensation for the outstanding sacrifices of martyrs but it was an Eid gift for them from the police department.
He also directed the officers to take measures for the security of congregation of Shab-i-Qadar, Jummatul Wida and the eve of eid. He directed the Dolphin Force, the PRU Force and traffic police to coordinate with each other for removing illegal encroachments on different roads of the city, especially Ferozepur Road.
Additional IG Shoaib Dastgeer said the heirs of 14 personnel, martyred in bomb blasts and encounters in Lahore, Multan, Mandi Bahauddin, Toba Tek Singh, Okara, Sheikhupura and Gujranwala, were invited to the ceremony. He said that allotment letters had been given with the cooperation of the Punjab Police and the National Police Foundation. The IGP also gave Rs2,000 each to the children of martyrs as Eid gift.
The IGP also directed police to make foolproof security arrangements for Eid prayers congregations.