LAHORE - Calling for concerted efforts, Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif reiterated anti-terror resolve in a meeting on law and order yesterday.

The four-hour meeting discussed security of courts, arrangements for peaceful Independence Day, anti-wheelie drive and steps to secure the recovery of missing children. The moot laid special focus on the issue of missing children, a handout said.

The meeting was briefed that 41 children have returned to their homes or recovered during the last two weeks.

The chief minister issued directives to constitute a steering committee, to be headed by Special Assistant Rana Maqbool Ahmad, to look into the matter of missing children. The committee will take all necessary steps to fix the problem.

Shehbaz lauded the role of Child Protection Bureau for the cause and claimed that the steps taken to secure the recovery of disappeared children bore fruit.

The chief minister said the steps being taken for the recovery of lost children have yielded positive results. He said that the progress on these measures would be monitored regularly. The chief minister ordered indiscriminate action against the persons involved in forcing children into beggary.

About war on terror, Shehbaz said the whole nation is committed to eradicating terrorism.

Condemning the Quetta carnage, he said: “Beasts were playing with the life of innocent people and these brutal forces are burden on the Pak land.” However, he added that terrorism would be stamped out of the country with the force of unity.

The chief minster ordered the authorities concerned to adopt special security measures for protection of lawyers and step up security around courts. The meeting also prayed the Quetta attack victims. The meeting decided to observe Independence Day with simplicity in the wake of Quetta tragedy.

Quran Khawani will be held in Independence Day and flag hosting ceremonies, the chief minister said.

He praised the security official fight for peace in the country, saying that the the role of army and other security agencies in eliminating terrorism was commendable.

Shehbaz said terrorism will have to be rooted out of the country to make it a haven of peace.

The entire nation will have to cope with the challenge, he added. He said that police and concerned institutions will have to work with more force and courage.

He said that the efforts of Anti-Terrorist Force in eliminating terrorism are appreciable.

About arrangements for celebrating Indolence Day, he said security of people was the top priority of government. All-out efforts must be made to ensure safety of citizens. He directed deployment of additional police at public places.

The chief minister ordered police to carry on crackdown on wheelies and other troublemakers to maintain peace on I-Day.

Shehbaz said that he will not tolerate one wheeling in any city including Lahore. The chief minister was informed that more than 4,000 wheelies were booked in nine days.

He said that action should be taken as per law against under aged drivers of motorcycles and vehicles. He said that an effective strategy should be evolved for smooth flow of traffic in Lahore, Murree and other big cities on Independence Day.

He ordered proper traffic management and parking arrangements to avoid mess on the day. He said that people should be kept informed about the steps being taken with regard to traffic management.

Law Minister Sanaullah Khan, Health Adviser Khawaja Salman Rafiq, Special Assistant Rana Maqbool Ahmad, Child Protection and Welfare Bureau Chairperson Saba Sadiq, IGP, home secretary and other high-ups attended the meeting.