LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered crackdown against criminal elements throughout the province tasking the Capital City Police Lahore to eliminate crimes and gangs involved in activities against law within 60 days.

Presiding over a meeting of provincial Cabinet Committee regarding maintenance of law and order and security arrangements on Eidul Azha across the province here Sunday, the chief minister said that ringleader of criminals should also be taken to task.

He also directed to make foolproof security arrangements and evolve a special strategy for security of important places on Eidul Azha.

He said the collusion of different mafias will be broken for constituting a peaceful society. The chief minister gave Lahore police the target of two months to eliminate criminal elements and said that police should take all steps for this purpose and give the desired results.

Shehbaz said he would only be satisfied with police performance when people would express their satisfaction over it. He admired police for displaying valor and bravery in eradication of terrorism and sacrificing precious lives in this regard.

It is need of the hour to take steps for purging the society of crimes and promoting sense of protection among people.

“Implementation of law should be ensured at any cost,” he added. Shehbaz said merit had been promoted in police and a free hand was given to them for curbing crimes. The chief minister said that the steps being taken for curbing crimes would be reviewed in detail and those displaying outstanding performance would be encouraged.

“Those displaying better performance in safeguarding the lives and property of people are heroes of the nation and they will be appreciated at every level,” he said.

Shehbaz said maintenance of law & order and protection of lives and property of the people was top priority of the government and solid steps were being taken for this purpose. He said all resources had been provided to police for establishing peace and creating a sense of protection among the people. He said in future too, police will be provided every resource available with the government but curbing crime and coming up to the expectations of the people was responsibility of police.

The CM said, “The country is passing through a critical phase and we are facing the challenge of terrorism. In the present scenario, police have more responsibilities than before and the prevailing situation demands that police should spare no effort in establishment of peace and protection of lives and properties of the masses.”

“All resources should be utilised for this purpose and law enforcement agencies should remain vigilant.”

Issuing orders of crackdown against organised crimes throughout Punjab including Lahore, the chief minister said that strict action should be taken without any discrimination against the persons and gangs involved in such crimes.

Reviewing security arrangements on Eidul Azha, the chief minister said, “We cannot afford any negligence in the prevailing circumstances. Anti-social elements are out to destroy law and order environment. Law enforcement agencies will have to keep a vigilant eye on such elements and remain watchful for their eradication.” He directed foolproof security arrangements at mosques, Imambargahs, parks and important public places and said that additional force should be deputed at important places.

The chief minister said that senior police officers should patrol their respective areas and ensure implementation of security measures. He said provincial cabinet committee should continuously monitor implementation of security arrangements throughout province.

Inspector General of Punjab Police Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera, giving a detailed briefing regarding security arrangements on Eidul Azha, said police had adopted a comprehensive strategy in this regard and all senior police officers had taken solid steps in their respective areas. He said special arrangements had also been made for monitoring the atmosphere of law & order. Special Assistant Rana Maqbool Ahmed, chief secretary, secretary home, inspector general police and concerned senior officers attended the meeting.