LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the police and administrative officials to employ every means and do their best to maintain peace, and law and order during Muharram-ul-Haram. He was addressing a high-level meeting to review security arrangements for Muharram at the CM Secretariat here on Monday. Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa, Minister for Law Rana Sana Ullah, Minister for Auquf Ehsanuddin Qureshi, Chairman Muttehida Ulema Board and Member National Assembly Sahibzada Fazal Kareem, Member Provincial Assembly Col (r) Shuja Khanzada, Advisor Jahanzaib Burki, Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Inspector General Police, Additional IGs CID and Special Branch were also present. The Chief Minister issued instructions for activating cabinet committee for ensuring implementation of security arrangements during Muharram. The first meeting of the cabinet committee will be held on December 8 while it will meet daily from December 15. He also issued instructions for setting up committees headed by ministers at divisional level. He said that maintenance of a peaceful atmosphere during Muharram this year was not less than a challenge and all out resources would have to be utilised for foiling the nefarious designs of anti-Pakistan elements. He said that no untoward incident took place last year due to effective security arrangements and the same strategy should be adopted this year even more effectively. Shahbaz said that there was a need for putting up best efforts and displaying wisdom and sagacity for maintaining law and order during Muharram. He said that the sacrifices of the martyrs in the war against terrorism would not go in vain and situation would soon become normal. He said that no amount of condemnation was enough to deplore the recent tragic incidents of terrorism. He said that there was a need for rising above personal differences and forging unity in the interest of survival of the country. He further said that the cabinet committee led by Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa would start functioning regularly from December 15 and would also be able to use his aircraft and helicopter for monitoring security arrangements in the province. He also issued instructions to the cabinet committee to constitute sub-committees, which will perform different tasks regarding law and order and submit their reports to the committee. The CM directed that an effective system should be evolved for the monitoring of the committees operating in different districts and it should be ensured that the members of these committees remain present in their respective areas. He said that the elements involved in wall-chalking and preparation and distribution of provocative material should not be spared while stern action should be taken against those selling CDs and videos containing such material. He further directed that Amplifier Act should be strictly enforced during Muharram. He said that all agencies should ensure mutual coordination and flag marches should also be conducted in all district headquarters. He said that he would soon meet Ulema of different schools of thoughts to ask them to play role to preserve peace. He made an appeal to people to keep a watchful eye on suspicious elements during Muharram and inform the local police about such persons. Inspector General Police and Home Secretary informed that all administrative and police officers had been issued instructions regarding Muharram and the committees had also started functioning.