OUR?STAFF?REPORTER LAHORE - Pakistan Muslim League-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday sought infusion of new blood in the Punjab police, adding that corruption will have to be rooted out for improving the performance of the force. He said this after getting a briefing from Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at a meeting held here. Earlier, Shahbaz told his elder brother that maintenance of law and order was the top priority of his rule. Allout resources are being utilized for this purpose, he told Nawaz. Nawaz Sharif told the meeting that it was essential that effective reforms be introduced in the police system for changing the Thana Culture, improvement of the attitude of police towards general public, provision of prompt and inexpensive justice to the common man and rooting out crimes. Shahbaz told Nawaz that a comprehensive strategy was being implemented for changing the Thana Culture, elimination of corruption and improvement of the system of investigation and prosecution. He said that special attention is also being paid to the introduction of modern technology for improving Police efficiency. Senior Advisor Sirdar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Member National Assembly Rana Tanveer Hussain, Member Provincial Assembly Khawaja Salman Rafique, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, Additional Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and senior police officers were present in the meeting which lasted more than four hours. Describing the briefing given by Inspector General of Police and Home Secretary for improving the police efficiency, Shahbaz said that 292 inspectors were recruited directly in 1998 which yielded positive results. Earlier, IG Javed Iqbal gave a detailed briefing regarding improvement of police performance at police station level. Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif paid a surprise visit to Services Hospital and Ammar Hospital and reviewed the treatment facilities being extended to dengue fever patients. Earlier, he visited helpline 0800-99000 and enquired from doctors and pharmacists about the information provided to the patients.