LAHORE–Inspector General of Police Shoaib Dastagir and the LCCI President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh on Thursday inaugurated state-of-the-art “Police Khidmat Markaz” at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
LCCI Senior Vice President Ali Hussam Asghar, Vice President Mian Zahid Jawaid Ahmad, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Zulfiqar Hameed, Chief Traffic Officer Lahore Capt ® Syed Hammad Abid, DIG Operations Lahore Ashfaq Ahmad Khan, SSP Securities Faisal Shahzad, Executive Committee Members Zeshan Sohail Malik, Muhammad Arshad Khan, Haji Asif Sehar, Haris Attique, Sheikh Sajjad Afzal and a large number of businessmen were present on the occasion.
The Police Khidmat Markaz, that would have over 14 services in its fold, is a revolutionary measure of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry as now its members can have all facilities at one window.
IG Punjab Shoaib Dastagir said that establishment of Khidmat Markaz is an ample proof of the fact that the objective of the Police Department and LCCI is same and both are committed to facilitate the community. He said that business is the engine of growth and its role is crucial for wealth creation. Businessmen should collaborate with the Police Department as the state cannot run all the affairs alone.
He said that Punjab Police Department has launched a global portal for overseas Pakistanis so that they can get police related service with ease. He said that Safe City Project gave immense results and it was planned to start in five more cities but scarcity of funds turned out to be a hurdle. He said that the projects of Safe City Project and Model Police Stations can be expanded through public private partnership.
The IG Punjab said that Police Khidmat Marakaz have been established to create goodwill in the police department. He said that it is the prime duty of the police force to cooperate and relationship of trust with the community. He moreover said that this is also an admitted fact that the crimes can not take roots in those societies where police have full trust and cooperation. Shoaib Dastagir said that Istanbul is the best example of public private partnership. He said that 1/3 vehicles of Istanbul Police have been donated by the business community.
“Living nations never forget the sacrifices of their martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for protection of wealth and lives of people and for peace of their country”, the IG said and added that police department has sacrificed a lot to eliminate terrorism.
LCCI President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh said that Model Police Stations should be established in all the industrial estates and all the existing police stations covering major commercial hubs should be upgraded to model police stations. For this purpose, the business community would extend all possible support to the police department.
He said that the scope of cameras installed under Safe City Project should be extended to all the commercial markets of Lahore and the regular maintenance of these cameras need to be ensured on priority.
The LCCI President said that many members of Lahore Chamber have complained about the undue presence of excessive numbers of beggars in major markets of the city throughout the nights. This causes immense inconvenience to the business community. He said that modern mechanisms can help successfully manage the law and order situation in our major cities in close consultation with other important stakeholders of the economy.
Irfan Iqbal Sheikh appreciated the performance of traffic police and efforts made by the concerned departments to keep the flow of traffic running with least hurdles. He said that still there is a room for improvement in it.
He suggested that LCCI and the police department should organize seminars in collaboration with the Police Department to make the members of the business community aware about how they may combat any unforeseen law & order situation.
The LCCI President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Senior Vice President Ali Hussam Asghar and Vice President Mian Zahid Jawaid Ahmad also paid rich tributes to the sacrifices of lives given by the police force over the time in combating terrorism.