SIALKOT/SHEIKHUPURA – Punjab Minister for Planning and Development Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor has sought Ulema’s cooperation to ensure peace and promote religious harmony during Muharram.

Addressing a meeting of the District Peace Committee held here at the DCO Office, he said that no one would be allowed to sabotage peaceful atmosphere during the holy month. He urged the Ulema to come forward and play a pivotal role in forging religious harmony, unity, peace, faith and brotherhood, besides averting to hurt the religious sentiments of the people belonging to any sect. He said that religious harmony is the need of hour.

Talking to the media, Abdul Ghafoor said that extraordinary measures had been taken to protect mosques, seminaries, Imambargahs, churches and other worship places in Punjab. He said that the religious scholars had been asked to avoid furious speeches and preach patience and tolerance.

Briefing the provincial minister about the security plan, DPO Afzaal Ahmed stressed the need for following schedules of the mourning activities in Majalis, Imambargahs and processions.

The DPO told the meeting that parking around the mosques, religious seminaries, Imambargahs and the displaying of weapons have been banned. It was further stated that all the members of local peace committees would also help the government maintain law and order in the district’s all the four Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils.

The DPO said the meeting that the Sialkot police have been put on red alert and the law enforcers were keeping a vigilant eye on suspects round the clock.

On the occasion, DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal said that the officials of the TMAs in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur were also directed in the meeting to make an all-out arrangements regarding cleanliness, smooth provision of water supply, rectification of street lights and removing all the encroachments on top priority basis, he added.

SHEIKHUPURA - Punjab Excise & Taxation Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman urged Ulema and religious leaders to make all efforts to maintain peace during Muharram.

He was addressing a peace committee meeting at DCO Office here the other day.

Rehman told the meeting that the Punjab Chief Minister Mian Sjhahbaz Sharif had already formed a provincial cabinet committee for maintaining peace under the supervision of Sardar Zulfiqar Khasa. He said that cabinet committee was monitoring peace situation in the province on daily basis and a control room was also functioning.

On the occasion, DCO Zahid Akhtar Zaman informed the minister that the section 144 had already been imposed to maintain peace in the district.

DPO Rana Abdul Jabbar, MPAs Haji Ghulam Nabi, Pir Ashraf Rasool, Rana Tanveer Nasir, Asghar Manda, Peace Committee members, civil officers, religious leaders and Journalists were also present on the occasion.