Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President PPP Central Punjab, while commenting on the yesterday’s press conference of Punjab Chief Minister urged him to focus his attention on the indiscriminate implementation of the laws, already in the statute book since 1994, with political will and commitment. The pace of implementation is abysmal so far as is evident from the surge of heinous crimes in the province, he regretted.
He said that that the laws he was referring to were already in vogue but fault lied in the fair application of the same which still sounded a far-fetched cry as the people were suffering from the acute sense of insecurity. Their lives and properties continued to be at the mercy of criminals, he observed.
He pointed out that the law against wall chalking, misuse of speakers in mosques and hates speeches—was passed during the period of his Chief Ministership of Punjab and its implementation was ensured across the board.
People quote the exemplary implementation of laws then leading to controlling the monster of sectarianism and containing the illegal activities of the proscribed organizations those were engaged in bringing out processions quite frequently on Mall Road, Lahore, with Kalashnikovs. The province was made free of wall-chalking, he asserted.
He said that he directed the Law Minister of his cabinet to steer the passage of the private bill moved by opposition member S. A. Hameed adding he thus established best parliamentary democratic practices in the province in public interest by enacting the law based on the Bill moved by the opposition member.
He demanded of the Chief Minister to commence “Safe City Project” in Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad simultaneously to address the feelings of step- motherly treatment to a degree. He observed that discriminatory development strategy fuel frustration and helplessness among the people of the province.
He reiterated his demand regarding the establishment of the Provincial Finance Commission Award that would ensure the equitable distribution of provincial financial resources so important to bring the less developed areas at par to the developed regions of the province. The Commission should be mandated to distribute the financial resources of the province among all the districts based on the constituencies of National Assembly and the provincial Assembly in order to eliminate the impact of shenanigans of politics, he stated.