LAHORE - Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi has said that maximum resources will be utilised for improvement in law and order situation for the peaceful and transparent conduct of elections as it is the need of the hour, says a handout.

Presiding over a meeting regarding law and order and security at Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Sunday, Sethi said effective security measures would be adopted for the public meetings and rallies of political parties. He said government was ready to take even tough decisions for maintaining law and order.

He said the responsibility given to the caretaker government would be discharged as a national obligation and every effort would be made for the holding of general elections in a peaceful, impartial and transparent manner.

The caretaker chief minister reviewed the security measures in detail for conduct of general elections as well as overall law and order situation of the province.

Sethi said maintenance of law and order was the priority of the government and all out measures would be taken for this purpose. He said the caretaker government would utilise all its energies for the holding of general elections in a free, fare and transparent manner as it was its national responsibility.

The caretaker chief minister directed police to take all necessary steps for further improving law and order. He said that caretaker government was fully prepared to meet the security challenge. He said protection of life and property of the people was the responsibility of police and it should utilise all its energies and resources for curbing crime and ensuring civic peace.

He said instructions of Election Commission for the holding of transparent and impartial elections should be implemented in letter and spirit. He directed the authorities concerned to further improve intelligence sharing network as well as keep a watchful eye on criminals and anti-social elements.  The caretaker chief minister was given a briefing on law and order and security measures for general elections.  Secretary Home, Inspector General Police, senior police officers and the concerned officers were present.