LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has strongly condemned the murder of Hendry Masih, a minority member of Balochistan Assembly from National Party, in Quetta on Saturday, says a handout.
In a condolence message, the chief minister sympathised with the bereaved family and said that the killing of Hendry Masih was a very shocking incident, which was highly condemnable.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif rejected the proposal of imposing infrastructure development cess during the preparation of the provincial budget for 2014-15 fiscal.
According to a handout, the chief minister made it clear to authorities concerned that promotion of industrial development was one of the top priorities of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government and that imposition of infrastructure development cess was in no way appropriate as it could jeopardise rapid industrialisation process in the province.
Meanwhile, a Turkish Police delegation headed by Dr Mustafa Ozguler called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday and discussed with him reforms in police system and promotion of cooperation in training programmes.
According to a handout, Environment Minister Col (r) Shuja Khanzada, inspector general of police (IGP), home secretary and other officials were present.
Talking to members of the visiting delegation, the chief minister said that the Punjab government was introducing reforms in the police system. He said that better training and provision of latest equipment and technology were being ensured for capacity-building of the force. He said that 16 percent increase in police budget for the 2014-15 fiscal had been announced.
He appreciated the cooperation extended by the Turkish police in imparting modern training to the Punjab police personnel.
He said that the Punjab government had adopted an effective strategy to control crimes by employing information technology tools. He said that Integrated Command and Control Centre was being established in the provincial metropolis to control crimes.
The chief minister expressed gratitude to the Turkish government, especially Prime Minister Reccep Tayyip Erdogan, for extending cooperation in various projects in Pakistan, particularly in Punjab Province.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ozguler said that efficiency of the Punjab police would be enhanced in accordance with the vision of Chief Minster Shahbaz Sharif. He said that the Turkish police would cooperate with the Punjab government in imparting modern training to police force and also in introducing reforms in the policing system.
According to another handout, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar held a meeting on Saturday in which matters of mutual interest, ongoing development projects in the province and welfare steps announced in the provincial budget were discussed.
The governor congratulated the chief minister on presenting a balanced and a poor-friendly budget for the development and prosperity of the people of the province.
The chief minister said that the Punjab government had presented the best budget in the history of the province and that the budget was a coordinated economic document for the welfare of the people of Punjab. He said that a comprehensive yet effective programme had been evolved for making Punjab a safe, prosperous, educated, economically-stable and industrially and agriculturally-developed province.
Governor Sarwar said that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had won the hearts of 100 million people of the province by presenting an excellent and people-friendly budget. He lauded the steps taken by the chief minister for the development and welfare of the people of south Punjab. He acknowledged that the chief minister and his entire team had worked very hard during the preparation of the budget and that it would undoubtedly play a key role in bringing about development of the people of the province.
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