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Police and media are determined to identify and eliminate social evils

by December 6, 2016 General

Lahore, December 06, 2016 (PPI-OT): Inspector General Police Punjab, Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera has said that Police and media are determined to identify and eliminate social evils; this is why both of them should work together for public welfare. He also said, Police officers should ensure that relevant information is provided to media in time.

On the other hand, it is responsibility of the media to present both sides of the story and reality to the public. This is need of the hour to bridge the gap between police and media and both of them should work together in this regard with a positive mind and sincerity. IGP stated this while addressing to the participants in concluding ceremony of two-day Media Management Training Workshop held at Central Police Office. The workshop was organized by Pakistan Peace Collective, a sub-department of Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and Cultural Heritage.

Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera appreciated Pakistan Peace Collective for their support in re-establishment of the Directorate of Public Relations at Central Police Office and said, Security forces are dealing with so many challenges and it is very important that authentic and timely information is provided to public through media. Messages of determination and courage should be relayed through media so that the nation can firmly fight against menace of terrorism.

District and City Police Officers from 20 districts of upper Punjab including Lahore, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Gujrat, Nankana Sahib, Kasur, Sargodha, Attock, Jehlum, Chiniot, Mandi Bahauddin, Bhakkar, Jhang, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Hafizabad, Lodhran, Toba Tek Singh, Narowal and Sheikhupura participated in the workshop.

Senior Journalist, Katrina Hussain, Tahir Imran Mian from BBC Urdu, Senior Journalist Barrister Mahreen Khan and Pakistan Peace Collective officials had interactive sessions with police officers regarding media handling and management. Participants were trained in effective usage of print, electronic and social media. Chief Operating Officer Pakistan Peace Collective, Shabbir Anwar, Former Core Commander Karachi, General (R) Shahid Iqbal and DIG Operations Punjab, Aamir Zulfiqar Khan monitored the performance of the participants as judges.

Inspector General Police Punjab, Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera said, Punjab police has organized this training for senior field officers so that they can align themselves with the needs of modern media because in this era, it is impossible to ignore the importance of media. IGP advised the field officers to establish better professional relations with media and to timely share authentic information so that in case of any untoward incident, factual information could be shared with public.

DIG Operations Punjab, Aamir Zulfiqar Khan said, Good professional relations between police and media will not only help to cope with any crisis situation but also will help to build a better image of police. He further said, Last week Punjab Police had organized two-day training for DPOs of Southern Punjab and now the same is organized for upper Punjab districts, so that they can perform their duties more efficiently.

Chief Operating Officer Pakistan Peace Collective, Shabbir Anwar said, the objective of Pakistan Peace Collective is to counter violent extremism by incorporating messages of determination and courage in public and to boost-up their morale to fight the war against terrorism as a strong nation.

For more information, contact:
Punjab Police
Punjab Police Computer Bureau,
5th Floor, Central Police Office (CPO),
Punjab, Lahore
Tel: +92-42-99213019, +92-42-99213013
Fax: +92-42-99213012