LAHORE - Punjab government has extended the scope of proposed Youth Volunteer Force out of schools and included youth, students of seminaries and local welfare organisations for promoting brotherhood and tolerance throughout the province.

Addressing a meeting at GC University Lahore on Wednesday, Provincial Education Minister Rana Mashhood said that the newly constituted Punjab Citizens Peace Volunteer Corps, comprising more than 0.5 million volunteers, would play its role for eliminating extremism and identifying hatred activities of suspect persons.

Other people attending the meeting included MPA Mian Naseer Ahmed, Punjab Youth Caucus President Vickas Hassan Mokal, General Secretary Mian Irfan Daulatana, Parliamentary Secretary Mehwish Sultana, Punjab Social Services Board Chairperson Kiran Dar, MPAs Taheya Noon and Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht besides Punjab Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr Nizamud Din, GCU VC Dr Khaliqur Rehman.

The meeting gave final shape to the mechanism of working and structural arrangements of Punjab Citizens Peace Volunteers Corps. It was decided that peace watch groups comprising 15 members would be constituted at every union council of the province which included students of 9th and 10th classes, collegiate students, members of school and college councils, girl guides, boy scouts, one member each of local peace committee, local mosques committee, minority, local bodies, civil defense, local religious seminaries, local sports and culture committee, local zakat and usher committee, SMT, vocational institutes and local ex-servicemen.

Three hundred volunteers of Punjab Citizens Peace Volunteers Corps will be registered at every union council while a crops group of 20 students will be constituted at every college. Members of each peace watch group will sit in the office of local union council.

Rana Mashhood said that on the completion of one month to the Peshawar tragedy, a special function would be held in the auditorium of UET Lahore. It would be reiterated that the terrorists would not be allowed to stop educational activities, he added.