LAHORE – City police have been directed to launch crackdown on elements involved in spreading provocative, hatred, and sectarian material, official said here on Wednesday.

Capital City Police Officer Ahmad Raza Tahir ordered immediate crackdown on provocative and anti-religious material and directed the traffic police to take prompt action against sectarian advertisements pasted at the back side of city rickshaws.

According to a police spokesman, the CCPO issued these directions during his meeting with a 10-member Ulema delegation here at his office.

DIG Operations Ghulam Mehmood Dogar, and other high-ranking officers were also present in the meeting. The delegation of Ulema was led by Dr Raghib Hussain Naeemi. The CCPO also appealed to the Ulema to desist from sectarian sermons and help the authorities build an atmosphere of unity and brotherhood.

Valuables gutted: Books and other valuables worth Rs 1.4 million were reduced to ashes when fire broke out in a bookshop situated in Tolington Market in the precincts of Old Anarkali here on Wednesday. Rescue workers said that apparently it seemed that the fire broke out due to short-circuiting.