LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharifs mobile squad had to face security barrier on his arrival at Allama Iqbal International Airport (AIIAP) installed by ASF before his departure to London on Saturday. Sources at the airport disclosed that on Saturday two senior police officials also brought the matter into the notice of chief security officer (CSO) of the ASF. It is against the rules described in Blue Book, said a police official, adding as per rules when some VVIP moves on the road his squads moves with the speed of at least 80 km per hour and within this speed no barrier can be crossed. When contacted, the CCPO Lahore said no such incident was in his notice. ASF spokesman said that he would express his stance over the incident after consulting his chief security officer but he neither called back nor attended his cell phone again when this scribe tried to contact him. It merits mentioning here that ASF after repeated attacks and incidents of terrorism in the country has set up a security picket/barrier some 300 meters away from the car parking area of the airport and has further beefed up its security already going on red alert, said a senior officer of ASF. The tight security situation has created problems for the passengers also but it was done in the best interest of them and their relatives. He said their security force was already passing through high alert which was second stage of the security. During the red alert security stage, ASF take maximum measures to safeguard the passengers and airport premises wherein all temporary passes are cancelled and hundred per cent body vehicles and baggage search is ensured. When hundred per cent search starts then problem creates as people visit airport in good number. Sometimes 10 to 20 come with their single passenger only to see him off. Such people create problem for the bonafide passengers and during search they take time and resultantly few passengers get late or even miss their flight due to search process, an ASF officer said. Desilting of canals banned across Punjab Desilting and digging out sand in all canals of Punjab has been banned and no contract in this regard would be awarded in future. Moreover, from onwards Irrigation Department would be responsible for all canals. This was stated by Senior Provincial Minister Raja Riaz Ahmed, while presiding over a high level meeting of the Department, here Saturday which also was attended by Secretaries of Irrigation and Mines Department Maj (r) Azam Suleman and Saif Ullah Chettha, DG Mines Ahtar Javed, Chief Engineer and other high ranking officials. Raja Riaz said a proper legislation would be carried out to check land digging and desilting in canals and now irrigation department would be solely responsible to look after the canals. He said ban on sand desilting would help maintain and protect canals, which would ultimately be helpful to the cultivators. He told the meeting that now concerned Chief Engineer as per requirement, would request Mines Deptt to desilt sand in specific area of some canal. Similarly, every Chief Engineer would be responsible for theft of sand in canals in his respective area.