LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is passing through a critical phase and is facing terrorism and other challenges which can be countered only through national unity.
He said that the dream of progress and prosperity cannot be realised without peace and tranquility. He was presiding over a high-level meeting regarding overall law and order situation and bomb blast in Anarkali. The CM said that the maintenance of law and order and protection of life and property of the people is the responsibility of the police.
He said that nothing can be more important than maintenance of peace and resources have already been provided to police for this purpose while more resources would be provided in future.
However, he said, police will have to perform its responsibilities in a professional manner and no negligence would be tolerated in this regard.
Shahbaz directed police to improve patrolling system in the province and officers should also patrol their respective areas instead of sitting in their offices.
He said that a watchful eye should be kept on suspected persons and police force be deputed at hotels, bus stands, Railway stations and other important places.
While reviewing law and order situation in the province, Chief Minister directed Cabinet committee headed by Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan to evolve a short term policy for meeting challenge of improving law and order situation in the province. He said that intelligence sharing system between law-enforcement agencies should be further improved and traders community and businessmen should immediately contacted for installation of CCTV cameras at markets, bazaars and trading centers.
He said that modern technology can help control crimes, therefore, Cabinet Committee should submit its final recommendation in this regard at the earliest.
He directed police to improve safety measures to counter the threat of terrorism. Inspector General police gave a detailed briefing to the meeting on overall law and order situation in the province and the progress of investigation into the incident of bomb blast in Anarkali.
Drone attacks be stopped: JI
Jamaat-i-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan has said that the talks with the Taliban would not be fruitful if Pakistan does not pull out itself from the war on terror and until stoppage of the drone attacks.
According to a Press statement issued here on Friday, he said that the situation was getting complicated every day due to the delay in the commencement of the talks.
He said Pakistan was providing information to the US for drone attacks.
Besides, the sensitive air base was in US control and logistic support was being provided to the US and NATO forces, he said, adding, that NATO containers were also passing through the Pakistani territory.
He said if the government wanted successful talks with the Taliban, it would have to pull out of the so called war on terror.
He said the Islamabad had never lodged a serious protest over the drone attacks.
The JI chief said that while the nation wanted Pervez Musharraf’s trial for treason, but the government under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ready to allow the former dictator to flee from the country under outside pressure.
He said the way the former dictator had been granted bail in the murder cases of Benazir Bhutto and Akbar Bugti, gave rise to serious doubts.
He said that Pervez Musharraf’s biggest crime was the abrogation of the Constitution and the imposition of emergency and now when the PML-N leadership was in power, it was completely silent on the issue.
Commenting on the appointment of the NAB Chairman, he said that the PM and the Opposition Leader had several meetings in this respect at which the names of some ex-judges came under discussion.
However, there had been no breakthrough, he said.
Now the name of a former bureaucrat and a grade 22 officer had been finalised on a single phone call between the PM and the Opposition Leader, adding, that the two parties alone can offer explanation in this regard.
Munawar said that as many as six references were pending against Asif Ali Zardari while three references were pending against Nawaz Sharif.