LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high level meeting on Sunday which reviewed in detail implementation of National Action Plan against terrorism, overall law and order situation, security plan evolved for public and private educational institutions as well as security arrangements in the province.
The meeting decided to make it compulsory for educational institutions to install advance alarm system while the chief minister gave approval in this regard.
Shahbaz Sharif directed concerned authorities to continue the process of monitoring of security arrangements evolved for private and public sector schools, colleges and universities and directed provincial ministers and secretaries to monitor these arrangements in their allotted districts.
He said that National Action Plan is a joint strategy to rid the country of the menace of terrorism. He said that the measures taken under National Action Plan are yielding positive results. He said that immediate decisions have been taken with regard to National Action Plan and their effective implementation is being ensured.
The chief minister further directed that concerned institutions should perform their responsibilities with the best coordination. He said that the whole nation is united in the war against terrorism and this menace will be rooted out with the force of unity. He said that Pakistan will be made a haven of peace and tranquility by eradicating terrorism and extremism.
He said that terrorism, extremism and sectarianism have different dimensions and it is essential to cope with all these problems. He said that all segments of the society will have to fight the war for survival of the country. He said that with a view to ensuring survival, stability and prosperity of the country, victory in the war against terrorism is the only option.
Shahbaz Sharif further said that the role of all segments of the society is of equal importance in the war against terrorism and due to sacrifices of the martyrs of Peshawar tragedy, it is a historic opportunity to crush terrorists. He said that terrorism, extremism and sectarianism will be eliminated through collective efforts and the force of unity.
He said that extraordinary measures are needed in the present extraordinary situation and all possible efforts are being made in this regard. He directed that a comprehensive planning be made for activating Civil Defense and recommendation be presented as early as possible.
The meeting was given a briefing on implementation of National Action Plan, overall law and order situation, security measures and security plan evolved for educational institutions.
Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Provincial Ministers Shuja Khanzada, Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Ata Manika, Members Provincial Assembly Rana Sanaullah, Zaeem Hussain Qadri, MNA Raza Hayat Hiraj, Special Assistant Rana Maqbool, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, Secretary Home and senior officers attended the meeting.
Peace vital for development
Members of National and Provincial Assembly of various districts met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday.
Talking to the members, he said that political, military, religious leadership and the entire nation was united in the war against terrorism.
He said we have to win the war of survival and stability of the country at every cost.
The chief minister said that the goal of development and prosperity of the country cannot be achieved without peace.