Army, Rangers to assist for polls: IG Punjab

LAHORE: Pakistan Army and Pakistan Rangers will assist the civil administration and Police for conducting free, fair and transparent elections besides maintaining law and order.

The newly appointed Inspector General Police Punjab Aftab Sultan,in an exclusive interview with APP on Sunday, warned that “No one will be allowed to take law of land in his hand to achieve ulterior motives and create law and order situation and who so ever violates will face the music and wrath of law irrespective of social status”.

On the other hand, he hoped that all political parties, their supporters and candidates will strictly adhere to the code of conduct of Election Commission of Pakistan.

He said police force will be deployed at all polling stations and wherever required the services of troops of Pakistan Army and Pakistan Rangers will be acquired for assistance to the civil adminstration.

He categorically announced that “No compromise on law and order and holding fair, free,and transparent general elections in the province”.”He always firmly believes on rule of law and supremacy of merit,” he said and added that during his tenure, he will make it sure that no injustice is done to any one as all people are equal to him.

He said transfers and postings if required will be made absolutely on merit after proper approval of the Election Commission of Pakistan.

He said that all out efforts will be made on top priority to maintain law and order across the province besides help conducting fair and impartial general polls without succumbing to pressure from any quarter.

Aftab Sultan said that hundred whole hearted and full fledged co-operation will be extended to the Election Commission for free polling in every nook and corner of the province.

IG said that all RPOs,CCPO and DPOs will be personally  responsible for law and order in their respective jurisdiction failing which strict action will be taken against them.

He said that divisional and district officers must also monitor the overall performance of their subordinates and those found guilty must never be spared.

About the standard of investigation, he said those found guilty of defective investigation will be dismissed from service within the ambit of law and police personnel showing negligence in discharge of their duty will be taken to task with iron hand.

Aftab Sultan warned all Sub Divisional Police Officers and Station House Officers throughout the province to behave politely with aggrieved people who visit police stations for seeking justice and register their cases without any hitch.