PM Imran meets CM Buzdar, mulls over judicial commission for Sahiwal killings

LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan met Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar and asked him to look into the formation of a judicial commission on Sahiwal incident, which took lives of four people.

On January 19, four people — including three members of the Khalil family — were killed in an alleged encounter in Sahiwal. Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel said they had killed a local commander of militant organisation Daesh and three others in the operation.

While speaking to Usman Buzdar during his visit to Lahore, the prime minister said that the appeal of the Khalil family should be heeded and action should be taken accordingly.

Upon the direction of PM Imran, the chief minister will meet the affected families of the Sahiwal tragedy.

He will also meet members of the Punjab media committee.

Earlier, the premier had vowed reforms in Punjab police after the Sahiwal incident. In a Twitter post, PM Imran wrote he would not only ensure the guilty are given exemplary punishment but also “review the entire structure of Punjab police and start process of reforming it.”

“I assure the nation that not only will the guilty be given exemplary punishment but I will review the entire structure of Punjab police and start process of reforming it,” he had tweeted.

Meanwhile, The premier, who is on a day-long visit to Lahore today, chaired a meeting focused on devising strategies to increase the Punjab government’s financial capacity and administrative capability.

The Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Minister of State for Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari alias Zulfi Bukhari, Minister Designate for National Health Services Amir Mehmood Kayani, and Special Assistant on Political Affairs Naeemul Haq were in attendance.

Other government officials present were senior Punjab minister Aleem Khan, Punjab Agriculture Minister Malik Nauman Ahmed Langrial, Punjab Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht, Punjab Minister for Housing Mehmoodur Rasheed, Minister for Irrigation Mohammad Mohsin Langrial, and Minister for Industries Mian Mohammad Aslam Iqbal.

A discussion was held on the effective use of technology, investment, and human resource for economic development. A detailed briefing was given in this regard by economic expert Salman Shah.

Deliberations took place on the steps that should be taken to better promote agriculture, industry, power, infrastructure, and skilled human resource. It was advised that emphasis be given on increasing agricultural and industrial output and also on identifying ways to diversify the range of products being manufactured.

The development plan for 50 cities and 36 major districts of Punjab also came under discussion and it was decided that at least 15 cities of the province be declared “economic hubs”.

The prime minister said that there is a dire need to reorganise the administrative blueprints for the welfare of the people and gave the go ahead for the implementation of a ‘Punjab Spatial Strategy’.

He also chaired a meeting of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Punjab media strategy committee which was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, Punjab Information Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan, senior minister Aleem Khan and others.

During the meeting, Chohan briefed the prime minister on the media strategy adopted in Punjab so far. Khan subsequently instructed the media strategy committee to highlight development projects initiated by the Punjab government, and to defend the party and the government in a more effective manner in the media.

The task force on housing in Punjab also informed the premier on the progress in the Naya Pakistan Housing Programme. Punjab Minister for Housing Mehmoodur Rasheed was present during the briefing.

Upon his arrival in Lahore, Khan was received by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar at the CM Secretariat.

The prime minister held a one-on-one meeting with Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar.

Prime Minister Khan was briefed on police reforms in the province, as well as developments in the investigation into the Sahiwal encounter in which four people were killed.

The premier expressed solidarity with the victim family and voiced the resolve to ensure dispensation of justice into the incident at all cost.