LAHORE - A joint meeting of the Punjab and federal ministers on Tuesday decided to enhance coordination, understanding and information sharing between the federal and provincial intelligence agencies in view of the present security needs and strictly deal with those who would take law into their hand on November 30.

The meeting was presided over by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Federal Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan and attended by Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique , MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Provincial Ministers Shuja Khanzada, Bilal Yasin, MPA Rana Sanaullah Khan, Chief Secretary, IG Police and Home Secretary.

The meeting reviewed in detailed law and order and security situation in the country particularly Punjab, as well as with reference to the ongoing protest in Islamabad which is culminating into big show on November 30. The meeting decided that the Punjab will strictly follow the instructions from the Federal Agencies regarding PTI protest activity on November 30 .Secretary Home gave a detailed briefing on the subject. Both sides decided to deal with iron hand any violation of law on that day.

The meeting observed that a great coordination and understanding between federal and Punjab security and intelligence agencies existed yet there is a lot of room for improvement therein particularly in the light of current prevailing security situation in the country.  Various options were discussed and identified in this regard. Discussion also took place in the perspective of 30th November’s public meeting of PTI. Punjab government assured the federal government that whatever policy guideline given by the federal government, it will be fully implemented by government of Punjab. It was also mutually decided to handle any violation of law with the strong response.

Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the protection of life and property of the citizens was the responsibility of government and police should perform its duties efficiently in this regard. He said that all out resources were being provided for maintenance of law and order and no one would be allowed to take law in his own hands.  The chief minister directed that implementation of law should be ensured at any cost and a watchful eye be kept on miscreants. He said that special attention should be paid to the security of important places and modern technology should be utilized for investigation and eradication of crimes.