In brief

Minorities minister calls for unity

Punjab Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Minister Khalil Tahir Sandhu has stressed the need for unity to cope with challenges being faced by the country. In a meeting with different religious scholars Monday, he said the security forces are performing well to eliminate the terrorism from the country. Allama Abdul Wahab Ropari, Allama Shakeerur Rehman, Allam Syed Mufti Ashiq Hussain, Prof Dr Masood Ahmed Mujahid, Allama Mahdi Hassan, Hafiz Samiullah and Allama Abdul Rab met the minister. They condemned the terror attack on a church in Quetta and showed solidarity with Christians. The minister thanked the religious leader for show solidarity with Christians.–Staff Reporter

Jamaat shows solidarity with Christians

Condemning Quetta church attack, Jamaat-i-Islami secretary general Liaqaut Baloch has expressed solidarity with Christians. Talking to a delegation of Christians Monday, he stressed the need for forgin unity against the elements wanted to create a rift among Muslims and Christians of Pakistan. In a separate meeting with lawyers, he said the tug of war between the bench and the bar was creating numerous problems and the Supreme Court Bar and the High Court Bars should take immediate steps to normalize the situation. Liaqat Baloch said that an independent and active judiciary was essential to wipe out corruption. He termed the statement of Chief Justice Saqib Nisar most encouraging and added that the JI would continue to play its role for the independence of the judiciary. –Staff Reporter

Security for churches stepped up

Punjab IGP Arif Nawaz Khan Monday ordered the police to ensure foolproof security round worship places, churches, markets, and parks ahead of the Christmas. “Counter terrorism department personal should be also deployed. Should continue intelligence based search in the sensitive places. The entry and exit points of Churches should be equipped with closed circuit cameras, metal detectors, and walkthrough gates,” he said while pressing over a meeting at the central police Monday. Furthermore, snipers should be deployed on the top of important churches and high-rise structures in addition to plainclothesmen inside the churches. Additional-IG Faisal Shahkar, Lahore CCPO Amin Wains, Additional-IG Rai Muhammad Tahir, DIG Aamir Zulfiqar Khan, DIG Haider Ashraf, and CTO Rai Ejaz were also present. The IGP also directed the district and regional police officers to implement a comprehensive security plan for Christmas with maximum deployment of force and armed patrolling around the worship places, markets, and parts. The police were also directed to intensify security around sensitive and important places, big hotels, parks educational institutions, and worship places. The police will also ensure strict monitoring of the important places with CCTV cameras while Dolphin Force and Police Response Units will continue armed patrolling around the churches, markets, and bazaars. –Staff Reporter

Factory worker killed in road accident

A 35-year-old man was killed in a road accident, rescuers said Monday. According to them, a tractor-trolley bumped into a motorcycle on Manga Road in Raiwind area, killing Muhammad Farooq on the spot. He was going to his workplace when he had the accident. The victim died on the spot, rescue workers said. His body was shifted to a hospital. The tractor driver managed to escape from the crime scene. The police were investigating the incident. –Staff Reporter

Expat gets shop back

Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission recovered an expatriate’s shop from grabbers, Vice Chairperson Shaheen Khalid Butt said. Khalid Mehmud, settled in Saudi Arabia, filed a complaint that he had handed over his shop situated in main bazaar Ghakhar Mandi of Gujranwala to his real brother who was not giving him back. This complaint was referred to District Overseas Pakistanis Committee, (DOPC) Gujranwala that got back the property and handed over to the owner.–Staff Reporter

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