Shahbaz directs for strict Muharram security

cmpunjab  Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has directed that security plan evolved for maintenance of law and order and religious harmony during Muharram-ul-Haram should be strictly implemented and administration and law-enforcement agencies including Police should remain fully alert. He said that cabinet committee should ensure monitoring of security arrangements and close coordination between different departments throughout the province.  He said that protection of life and property of people is the responsibility of the government and the departments concerned will have to perform their duties efficiently. He expressed these views while addressing a high level meeting held to review security arrangements for Moharram-ul-Haram and law and order situation in the province at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, here Thursday. Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah Khan, Minister for Auqaf Ahsanuddin Qureshi, Senator Pervez Rashid, Member Provincial Assembly Col.(R) Shuja Khanzada, Advisor Jehanzeb Burki, Inspector General of Police and Secretaries of Home, Health and Prosecution departments as well as senior officers concerned were present. The Chief Minister while addressing the meeting said that Pakistan is passing through a critical phase and is fighting for its survival. He said that nothing could be more important in the present circumstances than maintenance of peace and protection of life and property of people. He said that only those nations are successful which implement their decisions with commitment and determination. He said that due to historic struggle of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Muslims of the sub-continent, Pakistan came into existence but the day of December 16 reminds of the Fall of Dhaka and disintegration of the country. He said that there is a need for learning from the past mistakes and forging unity for foiling the designs of the elements who are conspiring to weaken the country. He said that the security plan for the maintenance of law and order during Moharram-ul-Haram should be implemented effectively and all officers and officials concerned should perform their duties with a sense of responsibility. He directed that all out resources should be utilized for maintaining law and order during Moharram-ul-Haram and the departments concerned should remain fully alert. He said that no laxity or negligence would be tolerated in the present circumstances and the senior officers will be responsible for implementation of security arrangements in their respective areas. He directed cabinet committee to ensure implementation of the routes and timings of the processions during Moharram-ul-Haram besides stern action should be taken against those involved in delivering provocative speeches and preparation and distribution of such material. He expressed his displeasure over the failure to purchase sniffer dogs despite his clear instructions and directed that immediate measures should be taken for this purpose and sniffer dogs should be used for checking suspicious elements and maintenance of law and order during Moharram-ul-Haram. He said that alternate sources should be utilized in case of load-shedding during Moharram-ul-Haram and generators and other arrangements should be made for this purpose. He said that generators worth crores of rupees were purchase for WASA and these should be utilized for the convenience of mourners during Moharram-ul-Haram. He directed head of cabinet committee Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa to contact Federal Minister for Water and Power for avoiding load-shedding during Moharram. The Chief Minister further directed that joint flag march of Army, Ranger and Police should be arranged at all district headquarters and the patrolling system should be made effective. He said that Police force in plainclothes should be deployed in sensitive areas while in addition to close circuit cameras, video coverage of Majalis and processions should also be arranged in these areas.


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