Lahore - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered judicial inquiry into the tragic clash of Rawalpindi, which left about seven dead and many others injured on Friday. 

The chief minister said strict action would be taken as per law against those involved in the violence. He requested the Lahore High Court chief justice to name a senior judge of the court to hold a judicial inquiry into the incident so that responsibility could be fixed and the culprits awarded deterrent punishment.

In a separate development, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif contacted Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on telephone and expressed his sorrow and grief over the loss of precious lives in the incident of Rawalpindi. He assured him of conducting a judicial inquiry and handling those persons involved in the incident with iron hands. He said if negligence of any administrative or police officer was found, strict action would be taken against him. The chief minister appealed to Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman to play his national role in this matter.

Shahbaz Sharif expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and said the blood of the deceased persons would not go waste. He was sure that the murderers would be brought to condign justice. He said implementation of the law would be ensured at all costs and the elements creating lawlessness would not be spared.

The chief minister expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements made throughout the province during Ashra-e-Muharram. He, however, expressed grief over the Rawalpindi incident which destroyed peace of the city and took precious lives. The chief minister appealed to the people to remain peaceful and maintain the atmosphere of brotherhood and public peace. He assured the people that the persons involved in this incident would be awarded deterrent punishment.

Shahbaz Sharif directed police to further enhance security in their respective areas and also depute police officials in plain clothes at public places. He said that ban on provocative speeches and illegal use of loudspeakers would be implemented strictly.

He said that police officers should remain in touch with ulema and take all necessary measures to maintain a peaceful atmosphere.

The chief minister prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed souls of the Rawalpindi incident in eternal peace and grant courage and strength to the members of the bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif appreciated the performance of the administration for ensuring law and order during the Ashra-e-Muharram and Yaum-e-Ashur in Punjab. In a statement, he thanked Almighty Allah that the overall law and order situation remained satisfactory in the province. He said that except the tragic incident in Rawalpindi, the Ashura-e-Muharram ended peacefully as no untoward incident took place anywhere else. The CM thanked the administration, security agencies, police, government officers and officials of the province over their effective arrangements and round-the-clock hard work. He also thanked ulema of all schools of thought for making efforts for religious harmony.

Shahbaz Sharif also paid rich tributes to the people of Punjab and thanked them for displaying unity during Ashra-e-Muharram.