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Nov 22, 2013| Courtesy by : nation.com.pk
LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has stressed the need for making collective efforts to develop national solidarity and harmony in the country.
He said that all the Senators, MNAs, MPA, ticket-holders of the PML-N, administration and police authorities should play a vigorous role for maintaining law and order and perform their responsibilities in a proactive manner in their respective areas to foil conspiracies being hatched by some anti-state elements.
The CM issued instructions for making foolproof security arrangements in the province on Friday (today) and directed administration and police to remain fully alert and depute more police force at mosques and Imambargahs.
He was addressing the MPAs, Commissioners, RPOs and other officers of nine divisions of the province through video link, here on Thursday.
The chief minister directed to activate peace committees at district-level and to take all-out measures for maintaining peaceful atmosphere. He said that no one would be allowed to disrupt law and order situation. He appreciated the role of Ulema in maintaining peace in the wake of Rawalpindi incident. He appealed to Ulema to play more active role for peace, unity and tolerance in the society.
He said the elements involved in Rawalpindi tragedy would not escape punishment. He said that the shops, mosque and religious seminary damaged in Rawalpindi would immediately be reconstructed as the Punjab government has issued funds for this purpose.
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The CM said efficiency of the government departments and service delivery system could be improved through introduction of the MasterCard. He said that transparency is the hallmark of the Punjab government and an effective strategy has been adopted for transparent completion of development projects and elimination of corruption from all government departments.
OICCI heads call on CM: CM Shahbaz said the government is determined to end terrorism and energy shortage. He claimed that conducive atmosphere has been created in the province for investment and all-out facilities are being provided to local and foreign investors under one-roof. He invited the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry to invest in Punjab and assured that maximum facilities and security would be provided.
He was talking to OICCI president Kimihide Ando and vice president Asad Jaffar who met him here on Thursday. Provincial Minister for Industry Muhammad Shafique, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretaries of Finance and Industries, Vice Chairman Punjab Investment Board and other officers concerned were also present on the occasion. It was agreed in the meeting that the Punjab government and OICCI would cooperate in the energy and other sectors.
The CM said that promotion of social, economic and industrial activities is linked with production of electricity and the Punjab government is working on power generation from coal, solar, biomass and biogas. He said tough decisions have been taken to put the national economy on the right track. He said that the OICCI should come forward for promotion of cooperation in the energy sector. He assured that all-out facilities and incentives would be extended to the investors.
Kimihide Ando said that the Pakistani government is moving in the right direction to overcome the problems being faced by the country and making sincere efforts in this regard. He expressed the hope that the PML-N government would succeed in resolving the issues being faced by the country.