LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that overall law and order situation remained satisfactory in the province during Muharram-ul-Haram.

He said that the whole nation was grieved over the tragic incident in Rawalpindi and those who showed negligence and dereliction of duty would not be able to escape punishment.

“The fact finding committee and Judicial Commission are working for ascertaining the facts and the action would be taken against the guilty persons”, he said while talking to senior officers of administration, police and security institutions who performed the duty of maintaining law and order during Muharram-ul-Haram.

The Chief Minister commended the efforts of Pak Army, police, administration and security institutions in maintaining law and order and an atmosphere of peace and brotherhood during Muharram-ul-Haram especially in the wake of Rawalpindi tragedy.

He also lauded the cooperation of elected representatives, Ulema and the masses in this regard. Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police, Home Secretary, Commissioner Lahore Division, Additional IG Special Branch, CCPO Lahore and other concerned officers were present.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that nothing could be more important than maintenance of law and order in the province and maximum resources would be provided for this purpose.

He said that protection of life and property of people and maintenance of peace is the responsibility of police and it should come upto the expectations of the people by performing its duties with commitment and efficiency.

He said that Rawalpindi incident had shocked everyone and shaken the foundations of the country.

He said that fact finding committee and Judicial Commission are inquiring into the tragedy. He said that effective measures would be taken to overcome shortcomings and weaknesses by analyzing the incident in the light of the report of the fact finding committee.

He said that the need for improving professional capabilities of police has become more pressing after the incident of Rawalpindi.

He directed Inspector General Police to evolve a strategy for capacity-building of police with the consultation of senior officers and experts within next four days. He said that elected representatives, administration and law enforcement agencies played a commendable role for maintaining peace and law and order in the wake of Rawalpindi incident.

He said that there was a need for keeping a watchful eye on anti-social elements and thwarting their evil designs with the force of unity so as to prevent such incidents in future.

He said that Elite Force was formed to curb heinous crimes but it was assigned other responsibilities. He directed that Elite Force be used only and only for protection of life and property of citizens and eradication of crime and be exempted from other duties.

Shahbaz directed that recommendations be submitted to him in this regard. He said that improvement of law and order is the top priority of the government and concerned institutions should perform their duties in this regard as a challenge. He appreciated CCPO Lahore Ch. Muhammad Shafique on the excellent security arrangements in the provincial metropolis. Chief Secretary Punjab, Naveed Akram Cheema said that efforts will be made under the leadership of Chief Minister for ensuring peace and law and order in the province.

Inspector General Police, Khan Baig said that no untoward incident took place in the province during Muharram-ul-Haram except Rawalpindi.  He said that implementation of the security plan had yielded positive results.  He said that police would continue to perform its duties with commitment and dedication for protecting life and property of people and eradicating crime and all out energies and abilities would be utilised for this purpose.

Home Secretary informed that Punjab police is being trained on modern lines with the cooperation of Turkish police.