‘Those who died fighting terrorists are heroes ’

* Shahbaz says financial assistance of Rs 50 million will be provided to heirs of police martyrs
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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the officers and jawans of Pak Army and police rendering sacrifices during war against terrorism and extremism are heroes of the nation and the entire nation is proud of their great sacrifices. 
He said that besides Pak Army, police personnel have also sacrificed their lives for protecting the people against terrorism. He said that there is no alternative of the sacrifices made by martyrs of Pak Army and police. He said that Punjab government increased the financial assistance for the heirs of police martyrs to Rs 10 million, however, he announced to further increase the financial assistance of Rs 40 million for the heirs of police martyrs. 
He said that in future, financial assistance of Rs 50 million will be provided to the heirs of police martyrs. The Chief Minister said that Punjab government will bear the educational expenses of children of martyrs till completion of their education. He said that treatment of heirs of martyrs will be free and government will also give house to the heirs free of cost. 
He was addressing 16th passing out parade at Elite Police Training School Bedian Road, here on Saturday. Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah Khan, Special Assistant Rana Maqbool Ahmed, IG Police, Secretary Home, Commandant Elite Police Training School, senior civil and police officials and a large number of relatives of the commandoes were also present on the occasion. Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that country is passing through a critical juncture and facing internal and external challenges. 
He said that extremists have tarnished the image of both Islam and the country in the world. He said that innocent people are being killed, great loss has been caused to the economy, that is why, Punjab government has taken steps for imparting modern and best practical training to Elite Police Force so that the force working against terrorism in an effective manner in the past could be organized on modern lines and harmonized with modern demands. He said that the standard of elite police force has improved due to best practical training for coping with the challenges being faced by the nation. The Chief Minister said that practical training has played an important role in bringing positive change in elite police force due to which its professional expertise and discipline will be further polished. 
He said that motherland is facing war against extremism and the role of Punjab police in this war is commendable. He said that the incidents of terrorism and disruptive activities couldn’t demoralise our courage and commitment. He reiterated that extremism and terrorism would be eliminated from the society. 
He said that terrorists will be dealt with an iron hand and the country will be purged of terrorists. Shahbaz Sharif said that the officers and jawans of elite police force are imbued with the spirit of service and patriotism. He said that Punjab government has provided all possible resources for capacity building of elite police force. 
He said that elite police force is a special disciplined professional force and we never used this force for any political purpose or personal vendetta due to which a clean culture has been promoted in this force. 
The Chief Minister said that Punjab government had doubled the salaries of officers and jawans of Punjab police in 2008 and increased the martyrs package from Rs 300,000 to Rs 3 million. However, during the tenure of present government, martyrs package was increased to Rs 10 million and now this package is being enhanced to Rs 5 million. He said that the martyrs are pride of the nation as they are sacrificing their lives for protecting the future of the country and the nation, therefore, resources will be provided for the assistance of heirs of martyrs by curtailing expenditure. He said that the martyrs are great heroes of the country and the nation, therefore, provision of livelihood to the heirs is the responsibility of the state. 
The Chief Minister while referring to the cruelty and injustice meted out to a female student at Muzaffargarh, said that although there are honest, bold and competent officers and officials in Punjab police yet the incident of worst kind of injustice has happened and criminal negligence was committed. He said that this cruelty and injustice is a shameful incident. He said that the incident happened with the female student on January 05 and today is March 15, but justice was not provided to her during this period. He said that no one conducted medical report or forensic lab tests. He said that no one realized his responsibility. The Chief Minister said that this oppressed daughter went to DPO twice but her grievance was not redressed. Was it her crime that she was daughter of a poor man, he asked. 
He said that justice was defeated and the female student died by protesting against this injustice. He said that police should keep its doors open for helping the poor and oppressed. He said that if police will help the poor, Allah Almighty would also help it. Shahbaz Sharif said that he is deeply grieved over this tragic incident. He said that the innocent female student died but everyone will have to be answerable before Almighty Allah. 
He warned that in future, such incidents will not be tolerated and strict accountability will be held with regard to discharge of duties. The Chief Minister said that he will do whatever possible for providing justice to the poor and oppressed people. He said that honest and dutiful police officials are earning the blessings of Almighty Allah. 
The Chief Minister congratulated 1066 commandoes who passed passing out parade and Commandant Elite Police Training School. On this occasion, the Chief Minister also announced to give one month’s basic pay to the pass out commandoes and their trainers.

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