Shahbaz links national dev with farmers’ prosperity Shows anger over non-arrest of absconders involved in triple murder case
LAHORE—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that agriculture is the backbone of national economy and Punjab government has announced a historic package of 100 billion rupees for progress of agriculture and prosperity of farmers.
He said that implementation of the package will leave a far-reaching impact on agri sector. He said that the elements involved in the trade of spurious pesticides will not be spared and an indiscriminate crackdown will be launched against them. He said if farmers would be prosperous then country could progress.
He was presiding over a high level meeting regarding implementation of Kisan Package, here Saturday. Provincial Minister for Agriculture Dr. Farrukh Javed, Secretary Agriculture, Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board, Chair- man Chief Minister’s Taskforce on Information and concerned officers were present in the meeting. The Chief Minister said that progress of agriculture and prosperity of farmers is the foremost priority of the government and federal and provincial governments have announced an unprecedented package for the development of agriculture sector and uplift of cultivators.
He said that Punjab government has announced Kisan Package of 100 billion rupees and its implementation will result in prosperity of farmers and progress of the country. Shehbaz Sharif said that government is fully aware of the loss suffered by farmers in the past and Kisan Package will compensate these losses.
Meanwhile, it is also reported that a delegation of complainants in a triple murder case in Sabzi Mandi Ravi Road and traders met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, here Saturday, and apprised him of details of incident. The Chief Minister ordered immediate arrest of the three absconding accused involved in case and said that it is lamentable that they are still at large despite passage of one month.
He said that police should have worked in a professional manner and the three absconders should also have been nabbed like others. He said that it was a heartrending and intolerable incident in a city like Lahore. Shehbaz Sharif further said that police should have come into action immediately after the triple murder and arrest of the accused was its responsibility.
He said that police should have taken action on the spot against the accused involved in firing, however, an inquiry will be conducted into the laxity shown into the matter and action will be taken against the guilty persons.
The Chief Minister directed authorities concerned to submit a report within 24 hours and warned that action will be taken against the negligent officials. He further directed to constitute a committee comprising best police officers to investigate the case and said that demands of justice should be fulfilled. He said that he was deeply grieved at the murder of three persons and the culprits will not be able to escape punishment.
Those who met the Chief Minister included Haji Muhammad Afzal, Haji Shabbir Ahmed, Haji Asghar, brother of deceased Haji Maqsood, Muhammad Usman and Shoaib Afzal. It may be mentioned that police has arrested 13 accused whereas raids are being conducted for apprehending three absconders.—Agencies