Punjab police take back security from Sharif family

Security was deployed outside the Jati Umrah and Model Town residences of the Sharif family.

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The Punjab Police took back security from the Sharif family except for Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif who will continue to enjoy security at his declared homes, the media reported.

According to the details, security was deployed outside the Jati Umrah and Model Town residences of the Sharif family. However, the withdrawal of the force came after the home ministry led by Colonel (retd) Muhammad Hashim issued directives in this regard.

“More than 500 policemen were deployed for the security of the Sharif family,” the police said. Currently, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is the only member of the Sharif family who holds office. His son Hamza Shehbaz was the Chief Minister of Punjab for a short while because later PTI and PML-Q nominee Parvez Elahi became the CM.

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Needless to say, with the PTI-backed provincial government ruling Punjab, the noose has been tightened around PML-N leaders, for instance, the police carried out a raid at the Lahore residence of Special Assistant to Prime Minister Attaullah Tarar during the wee hours of Saturday to deliver a notice regarding the May 25th incident.

Sharif family spends whopping amount on security

Back in 2015, Punjab Government had released Rs364.4 million for the Sharif family’s security in the Jati Umar town in Lahore. Funds of Rs283.2m for erecting a 4.4-kilometer fence. Reports state that ninety CCTV cameras and 100 LED Lights were installed with 20 elevated checkpoints.

According to sources, Rs197.2m were to be spent to set up the fence and checkpoints, while Rs86m on the purchase of security equipment. The government had released Rs27.1m for paying the police employees appointed for the security of the Sharif family.

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In September 2015, Rs 54 million were released for the purchase of 14 vehicles for the security squad of the then CM Shehbaz Sharif. Up to, 2751 police officials had been appointed for the security of the then PM Nawaz Sharif, the CM, and their families.

The advocates of former PM Imran Khan have been comparing his austerity measure to save the public money and spend it on the welfare of the people.

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