LAHORE: The enemy wants to create unrest in the country, but people should unite to foil such efforts by promoting tolerance and religious harmony, stated Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
He presided over a meeting of the Provincial Cabinet Committee on Law and Order and reviewed security arrangements made in Lahore and other parts of the province for Ashura. Addressing the meeting, Shehbaz said all-out measures have been taken to ensure peace during Muharram and a four-layer security plan has been made for all majalis and mourning processions.
He said the security plan for Muharram should be implemented at any cost. He added police and officials of security agencies should perform their duties till the conclusion of majalis and mourning processions.
The CM continued that the code of conduct for Muharram should also be implemented and there would be no room for negligence. He said food should be provided to police officials performing security duty. Shehbaz stressed that religious harmony, brotherhood and unity needed to be promoted to make Pakistan a true welfare state.
Provincial ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan and Ayub Ghadi were present on the occasion as were the, chief secretary, additional chief secretary for home, the IGP and senior officials of law enforcing agencies. Administrative Officers, officials concerned and provincial minister Jehangir Khanzada attended the meeting via video link.
In his message for Ashura, Shehbaz said that the incident of Karbala teaches patience, tolerance and reminds people of the great sacrifice of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He said the martyrs of the Karbala raised the flag of justice and truth by rendering a sacrifice that remembered till the day of judgment.
The chief minister said the great sacrifice of Imam Hussain (R.A) teaches people not to surrender to falsehood. He said the whole nation should unite on one platform against terrorism and eliminate it.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2017.
Source: Tribune News
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