FAISALABAD

The members of Punjab Cabinet Committee on Law and Order visited Faisalabad city to review the security arrangements for the month of Muharram.

Headed by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, the committee includes Punjab Home Secretary Maj (r) Azam Suleman, IG Punjab Mushtaq Sukhera, Additional IG Special Branch Faisal Shakir, former IG Rana Maqbool. They held meeting with Ulema of Faisalabad Division belonging at Circuit House.

Addressing the meeting, Rana Sanaullah lauded the vital role of Ulema for maintaining religious harmony, and said that the sensitivity had been increased manifold in the wake of operation Zarb-e-Azb.

He urged religious leaders and clerics to forge unity among their ranks and brotherhood, fraternity and national solidarity be promoted to foil the nefarious deigns of the enemies. He said that under the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the Punjab government mobilised resources to maintain peaceful atmosphere during Muharramul Haram. He said that the suggestions and proposals of Ulema would be welcomed for strengthened the Muharram security arrangements.

He said that the govt had strictly banned the use of loudspeakers which helped to stop the hatred speeches. He said that enforcement of law regarding ban on use of loudspeakers had been ensured successfully by the cooperation of religious leaders and scholars. He said that entry of controversial speakers would be banned to avoid any religious disturbance. The law minister said that the Peace Committees remain active and any religious dispute found anywhere be resolved amicably.

During the meeting, Mufti Zia Madni, Maulana Naseeruddin Naseer, Mukhtar Gondal, Maulana Adul Waris, Maulana Yousaf Anwar, Maulan Riaz Kharal, Maulana Hafeez Khan, Qazi Gulam Murtaza, Jafar Naqvi, Jameel Fakhri and others assured the officials their full cooperation for maintaining the religious harmony and peace during Muharramul Haram. They expressed their determination that no one would be allowed to jeopardise the peaceful atmosphere. They presented their suggestions for making Muharram security arrangements more strong.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet Committee was briefed about Muharram arrangements in another meeting. Divisional Commissioner Capt (r) Nasim Nawaz and RPO Ehsan Tufail detailed Muharram arrangements through multimedia presentation.

Rana Sanaullah directed the divisional and district administrations to devise the solid and comprehensive strategy for observing the Muharramul Haram peacefully.

He said that no angle regarding security be neglected for maintaining peace. He said that special committees comprising member of peace committees and officers of district administration be constituted for deployment on trouble spots. He said that the no violation of timing of processions be made. Comprehensive arrangements be made keeping in view the experience of previous years, he directed.

He said that Muharram security plan be implemented in letter and spirit and the peace committees be remained mobilized. He added that the members of parliaments be associated with the Muharram arrangements for maintaining religious harmony with their assistance and guidance.

Mr Rana said the volunteers be imparted with training regarding security matters and be issued identification cards after verification of special branch.

Punjab Home Secretary Maj (r) Azam Suleman reiterated on mobilising the security gadgets and installation of CCTV cameras at vulnerable points besides setting up Muharram control rooms at divisional and district level.

He said that lighting arrangements be ensured at the sites of Muharram processions and Majalis. Members of parliaments gave their proposals for devising coordinated strategy to make the security arrangements a success.