They were speaking here on Tuesday at the Punjab Assembly during the general debate on law and order situation in the province.
Prior to the concluding remarks on the debate by Provincial Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan, the Opposition staged walkout from the House when Member Qamar Fareed Kathia and Rana Sana shared their moments of anger, when the former objected to construction of cardiology hospital in Quetta. “Chief Minister Punjab should have taken the House into confidence prior to allocating Rs 1 billion for the construction of hospital, as it is the money of the province,” he said, when Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan was not allowing him to speak on a Point of Order, as Rana Sana was about to start his speech.
Rana Sana became very serious, and in a loud voice, he asked Kathia to sit down, which was perceived as a threat by the Opposition member, who started virtually yelling at Rana Sana. Tempers soared at this time, and the House became noisy. PML-N’s Rana Arshad also started shouting back at Kathia, which was enough to provoke the rest of the Opposition members, who started leaving the House to protest against the attitude of the Law Minister. However, on the direction of the Speaker, treasury members Muhammad Aslam Kharal and Rana Muhammad Iqbal brought them back to the House.
Rana Sana, in a polite manner, said he actually meant to state that Shahbaz Sharif had actually given the grant from his discretionary fund, which had been approved by the House. “This grant will strengthen Pakistan’s foundations,” he maintained, while clarifying that he was just stopping Kathia from speaking and not threatening him, as everyone had the right to speak.
While thanking MPAs for contributing in the debate, Rana Sana said the senior officers were present in the Gallery, which never happened during the last regime.
He admitted that there was a huge space for work on the law and order front, but the members had themselves acknowledged that the situation was better. He also assured the House that the government would duly consider all the suggestions for improving the law and order.
Rana Sana said two model police stations would be set up in every district, and then this process would be extended to other areas.
About apprehending proclaimed offenders, he said 360 hardened criminals with head money were identified, and so far 100 POs and gangs had been crushed on war footing, while it would take another two to three months for arresting the rest.