Shah­baz links na­tional dev with farm­ers’ pros­per­ity Shows anger over non-ar­rest of ab­scon­ders in­volved in triple mur­der case

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

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

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