LAHORE Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered strict action against Qabza Mafia, extortionists and ghoondas . Those playing with the lives of innocent citizens deserve no leniency and an effective action should be ensured against such criminals, and a comprehensive system should also be evolved for scrutinising private security agencies and only those companies should be allowed to work which fulfil merit and the required terms and conditions and their security guards should also be well-trained and equipped with modern weapons. A procedure should also be adopted for renewal of license of security agencies every year, he directed, while presiding over a high-level meeting to review law and order situation and curbing the crimes here on Thursday. Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, Home Secretary, Additional IG Special Branch and Counter Terrorism Department, Capital City Police Officer and DIG Operation Lahore were present on this occasion. A number of important decisions were taken in the meeting with regard to maintenance of law and order. The CM said Qabza Mafia had become a menace for the society during the last ten years, and the PML-N would eliminate the Mafia this time as well. The campaign launched in Lahore and Faisalabad has yielded positive results, he added. In view of the recent incidents that took place in the country, he asked the police to remain fully alert, and utilise all their professional capabilities for the protection of life and property of the people and keep a vigilant eye on anti-social elements. He directed that police should eliminate gangs involved in heinous crimes and take effective steps for curbing incidents of kidnapping for ransom, car-snatching and lifting and street crimes. An effective system should also be evolved for combing the hideouts of criminals, he added. Appreciating the successful operation of police against accused involved in heinous crimes in riverine areas of Rahim Yar Khan and Rajanpur, he said a vigilant eye be kept on hideouts of the criminals for keeping these areas free from crimes, and sustainable measures should also be taken so that the criminals dare not play with the life and property of the people. He directed that the police be equipped with modern weapons for countering criminals in riverine areas, and asked the IGP to inform about the requirements of the police and resources would be provided in the light of his recommendations. All resources will be provided to the police for taking action against hard-core criminals, he promised. About mushroom growth of private security agencies, he was of the view that performance of some security agencies was very poor and neither their security guards were fully trained nor equipped with modern weapons. He added that comprehensive system should be evolved for reviewing the performance of private security agencies in which this aspect must be kept in view that security agencies should fulfil the required terms and conditions and their security guards be completely trained. Implementation on shops and establishment ordinance should also be ensured, he said, while directing the Home Secretary to arrange detailed briefing with regard to private security agencies during next few days in which all matters including performance of security agencies, training of security guards and renewal of license each year be included. He made it clear that no compromise would be made with regard to security. He said that comprehensive arrangements should be made in consultation with concerned authorities regarding security of financial institutions. IGP Javed Iqbal informed about law and order situation and the steps taken against criminals in the province. He disclosed that a successful operation against criminals has been carried out in the areas of Katcha for which assistance of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police was sought. CCPO Ahmad Raza Tahir informed about the details of steps taken for curbing the crimes in the provincial metropolis. He disclosed that the incidents of car theft were decreasing whereas Lahore police had detected incidents of kidnapping for ransom committed during the last one year.