LAHORE - The Punjab government is mulling amendments in the Police Order 2002 in a bid to improve the performance of the police department. This was stated by Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan, who was responding to various queries during the Question-Hour at the Punjab Assembly here on Thursday. Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal chaired the session, which started at the scheduled time, that is, 10 am. Immediately, after the recitation, Treasury member Col (r) Shuja Khanzada drew the attention of the House towards the US attacks on the tribal areas. "The number of attacks are increasingly with every passing day, and the House should specify a day to discuss the issue," he added besides demanding of the government to send a delegation comprising members from all political parties in the House to NWFP for expressing solidarity with people against air strikes. Opposition member Mohsin Khan Leghari pointed out, while quoting media reports, that the Indian army was being sent to Afghanistan, which could attack Pakistan in the future. Rana Sanaullah said the subject was of the central government. "Islamabad is taking measures to deal with the issue. However, a resolution can be passed through the Assembly for apprising the Federal government about the feelings of the Punjab," he added. After this, the Question-Hour was started. While replying to various queries put by the members, Rana Sanaullah said the government was introducing amendments in the Police order 2002 to improve the efficiency and performance of the department. "People were facing difficulties due to police's division into the Investigation and Operation Wings. The recommendations to be given by a committee will be discussed in the House so that the Thana culture can be improved. Moreover, flaws will be removed through the amendments," he added while assuring the members that the government was committed to maintaining law and order in the province. "Round-the-clock patrolling is a routine. Secondly, the police department is being provided with tracking system of mobiles, which would help in controlling the crime rate," he maintained. To a question posed by Azma Zahid Bokhari regarding crime incidents in the provincial capital, Law Minister accepted that there was a possibility of unreported cases. Rana Sana also maintained that the recruitments in the police department were being made on merit, and the Punjab Public Service Commission had been given the responsibility. To Opposition Leader Ch Zaheer-ud-Din's question when the amendments were expected, Minister Law said the spadework was in progress, while amendments would be possible once the sixth schedule of the Constitution was done away with. During this Hour, Rana Sana was all the time found defending, that is, the police, against which he had always been bitterly critical, though there was not a tangible change in the situation since the present government took over. "In some divisions, there is an increase in the crime rate, while in others, a decrease has been witnessed in 2008, which is due to the increase in population and unemployment, diminishing of the resources, and price-hike," read the official answer. Asif Manzoor Mohal said the reply to his question - regarding registration of FIRs in Takhat Mahal Police Station - was wrong, as the official answer depicted that no FIR was registered for any offence except four under the Arms Ordinance. Syed Nazim Hussain Shah drew attention of the Speaker towards this, who assured Nazim that action would be taken against the official concerned. Rana Sana also told the House that proposals presented by members would be included, while introducing changes in Child Protection and Welfare Bureau. After this, Forward Bloc member Saddiq Baloch - after securing Point of Order virtually after being adamant - drew attention of the House towards the agriculture tax announced by the Federal government. He accused the International Monetary Fund for doing this. This initiated a long discussion, and the members enthusiastically spoke on this, till the debate was 'derailed' by Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmed, who went for his political rhetoric, totally divorced from the already-in-progress debate. Waris Kahloon averred that imposition of tax on agriculture income was equivalent to the farmers' murders. Shahzadi Umerzadi said the farmers would not get roti, as money had not been paid by the sugar mills so far. She floated the idea for holding a debate on the issue. Nazim Shah maintained that the farmers were getting nothing, and were already paying huge taxes. Rana Sana showed his side's willingness for holding a debate, and passing a resolution, besides giving rationalisation of the already-imposed taxes.