ATF to work under police, says Shahbaz

Dec 23, 2013| Courtesy by : nation.com.pk

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that anti-terrorism force to be set up in the province will be under the subordination of police department.

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Addressing a meeting, here on Sunday, he said that anti-terrorism force will be equipped with latest equipment and training and would play an effective role in controlling terrorist activities in the province.
Meanwhile, chairing another meeting on law and order, Punjab Chief Minister directed that foolproof security arrangements be made for the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Husain (RA) while effective security measures be also adopted for Christmas.
Commissioners and regional police officers of the nine divisions of the province attended the meeting through video conference. Federal and provincial ministers, members of national and provincial assemblies, commissioners and RPOs gave a briefing to the meeting on security arrangements.  The meeting reviewed in detail security measures for the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Husain and Christmas.
The chief minister warned that no negligence or laxity would be tolerated in this regard. He said elected representatives and administrative and police officers should remain present in the field for the security of mourning processions while generators and lights should also be arranged on the routes of the processions. He directed that additional police force be deployed at sensitive places and all necessary measures be adopted for maintaining peace and law and order.
Shahbaz said nothing could be more important than maintenance of peace and law and order in the society. He directed police to perform its responsibilities towards protection of life, property and honor of citizens with commitment and dedication. He said peace was essential for progress and prosperity of the country.
The chief minister  said that elected representatives as well as administrative and police officers will have to play an active role for the maintenance of law and order and an atmosphere of brotherhood. Shahbaz further directed that foolproof security arrangements be ensured on the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Husain at any cost while administration and police should strictly implement the security plan evolved for this purpose. He said a 4-tier cordon be formed for the safety of processions while CCTV cameras be used for monitoring. He said supremacy of law in the province be ensured at any cost.
The CM said that collective efforts were needed to make the country a haven of peace and every citizen will have to play his role for setting up a peaceful society. The chief minister said that a watchful eye be kept on miscreants while elected representatives and administration should keep a close contact with traders’ community, Ulema as well as masses. He said Pakistan was facing the serious challenge of terrorism and extremism and all segments of the society will have to strive for riding the country of the scourge of terrorism.
He said it was the need of the hour that the whole nation should gather on a single platform so that the nefarious designs of the enemy could be thwarted with the force of unity. He said sentiments of brotherhood and religious harmony should be promoted in the society while indiscriminate action should be taken against the elements spreading religious hatred.
He directed the law regarding the use of loud speaker be strictly implemented and stern action be taken against the violators. The chief minister directed members of the cabinet committee to visit Lahore and Rawalpindi to personally monitor security arrangements and law and order situation.
Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan, Col Retd. Shuja Khanzada, chief secretary, inspector general police, secretary home, secretary information and senior officials of law-enforcement agencies participated in the video conference in Lahore while federal and provincial ministers of the concerned divisions, elected representatives, commissioners and regional police officers were present at the offices of divisional commissioners.