To check the menace of drug trafficking in the state, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has urged the central government to enhance vigil on the borders of the state by installing ultra-modern equipment.
Badal was here to participate in 100-year celebrations of the local Doaba Senior Secondary School on Wednesday.
Badal said the central government should try open new trade routes to Pakistan, Afghanistan and other Asian countries for the development of the state.
However, there should be a check on smuggling of drugs at check posts as other countries do with high-powered ultra-modern equipment.
Speaking to mediapersons, Badal refuted the allegations of Congress leaders on law and order situation in the state and said his government was committed towards maintaining peace in the state.
On being asked about increased practice of illegal mining in various parts of state, he first tried to evade the question, but later without naming anyone, he said there was only hue and cry over the issue.
He further said the state government was committed to the all-round development of the state, including health care services, quality education and supply of potable drinking water to the people.
Addressing the gathering, he said both the governments in India and Pakistan should make steps
towards abolishing the visa system to promote economic activities and strengthening the socio-cultural ties among people of both the countries.
He said before the SAD-BJP government took over the reins of the state, there were only three universities, but now there were nine universities and 17 colleges for imparting quality education to students.
He said it was a matter of great pride for the state that Mohammed Sadiq, who rose to the position of Chief Justice of Lahore in Pakistan, was a student of this school. He announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for the school, hoping that the school would continue its endeavour to deliver quality education to students.
Pakistan supreme court judge Mohammed Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday (retd), son of Mohammed Sadiq, said with improvement of India-Pakistan ties, there would be a new era of mutual trust and co-operation between both the countries.
Earlier, Badal and Rehman inaugurated an auditorium dedicated to Justice Mohammed Sadique in the school campus.
Uttarakhand governor Aziz Qureshi appreciated the role played by Punjab in safeguarding the
borders of the country, besides making it self-reliant in food production.