LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high-level meeting here on Monday which was especially attended by Corps Commander Lahore Lt General Naveed Zaman. Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Col. (Retd) Shuja Khanzada, Director General Rangers Punjab Maj. Gen. Khan Tahir, General Officers Commanding, Chief Secretary Punjab, Secretary Home and senior officials of law-enforcement agencies were also present.

The meeting decided to improve security arrangements at sensitive places and important buildings throughout the province.

The Chief Minister said that elimination of terrorism is essential to secure the future of Pakistan as well as maintain peace in the society.

He said that time has come to rid the country of the scourge of terrorism and the whole nation is united and standing by its Armed Forces to foil the nefarious designs of anti-Pakistan elements. He said that officers and jawans of Pak Army have rendered supreme sacrifices for the country.

The Chief Minister said that Pakistan’s Armed Forces have best professional abilities and the nation is proud of their courage and bravery.

He said that Pakistan is passing through a critical phase and the enemy is bent upon damaging the country. He said that all out measures will be taken for the protection of life and property of citizens while security arrangements will be made foolproof.

He said that strict vigilance will be ensured at entry and exit points of the province. He directed that law- enforcement agencies should perform their responsibilities with mutual coordination and maintain a watchful eye on suspects.

The meeting decided to further improve security arrangements in the province.

Earlier, Corps Commander Lahore Naveed Zaman held a meeting with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and discussed matters of mutual interest and professional activities of Pak Army.

Later, the Chief Minister presided over a meeting to review law and order situation in the province. Provincial Ministers, Chief Secretary and concerned officers were present.

The meeting decided to take all out measures to improve law and order in the province.

Meanwhile, British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Philip Barton met Chief Minister  Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, here on Monday. Matters of mutual interest and bilateral relations were discussed in the meeting.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Britain is a big trading partner of Pakistan and is extending commendable cooperation for the development of different sectors.

He said that Britain is cooperating with Punjab government for the uplift of education, vocational education, health and other social sectors. He said that School Reforms Roadmap Programme is being successfully implemented in Punjab with the cooperation of British Department for International Development and is yielding positive results.

Philip Barton, while speaking on the occasion commended efforts of the Chief Minister for the welfare and betterment of people of the province. He said that Britain will continue to cooperate with Pakistan for the uplift of social sectors.