LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered crackdown on those selling substandard and cheap Iranian coal-tar for the construction of roads and directed that indiscriminate action should be taken under the law against such elements.

He said that no leniency would be shown to those using substandard and cheap Iranian coal-tar in the construction of roads and stern action will be taken against them under the law after registration of cases.

Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Capt (r) Mushtaq Ahmed while taking action under section 144, sealed six godowns in the area of Tarnoal, Islamabad selling substandard and cheap Iranian coal-tar and confiscated hundreds of drums of Iranian coal-tar while cases were registered and the owners of the six godowns have been arrested and further action is continuing.

The chief minister lauded Mushtaq Ahmed. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad met Chief Minister in Islamabad today and informed him about the action taken against those selling substandard and cheap Iran coal-tar. The chief minister said that use of substandard and cheap coal-tar would not be tolerated in the construction and repair of roads and no compromise would be made on the standard and transparency of projects.

He said that besides timely completion of projects, transparency and high standard in the completion of projects is a hallmark of the Punjab government, therefore, no one can be allowed to use substandard construction material while law will immediately come into action in this regard. He said that those selling and using substandard construction material should be behind the bars and action will be continued against the elements selling or using substandard coal-tar or material.