LAHORE: The second largest opposition party in the Punjab Assembly, the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), expressed concern over forced traffic challans in the city and urged the provincial government to avoid using people-friendly warden service for generating revenue and looting money from the poor.
PML-Q Punjab General Secretary Ch Zaheeruddin Khan and Senior Vice President Muhammad Basharat Raja – in a joint statement issued here on Monday – said that for the first time in the history of Punjab, forcible extraction and corruption was eliminated from the traffic system by this service established in 2006. They said that the service was lavishly praised in the report of the Transparency International. In 2009, according to a survey of the Transparency International, people had opined that this useful service should also be introduced in other parts of the country and confirmed that corruption had ended in the traffic police department, the statement read.
Both the leaders asked the Punjab government to better come to its senses. This service established in the interest of the people should be used for controlling traffic and not for collecting funds for wasteful expenditures of the rulers, they said.
The PML-Q leaders further said that special attention was paid to the training of traffic wardens recruited during the PML-Q tenure.
“Special lectures were arranged by the experts for adopting friendly attitude and behaving pleasantly with the people,” they said, adding that the present rulers had ended the training system and instead given them a target of maximum challans; thus making the traffic wardens anti-people rather than people-friendly.
They said that the government intended to end this service in the near future on the basis of disputes between traffic wardens and the people.