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LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that protection of life and property of citizens is the first and foremost duty of police, therefore, it should perform its duties diligently. 
Presiding over a high-level meeting to review overall law and order situation in the province at the Lahore airport soon after his return from China on Saturday, the chief minister warned the police that no negligence or laxity in the protection of life and property of the people would be tolerated. 
According to a handout, he directed the police to immediately arrest the culprits involved in Ichhra cracker blast and said that such incidents would not be tolerated in future.
Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, MNA Pervaiz Malik, MPA Khawaja Imran Nazir, chief secretary, inspector general of police, home secretary, commissioner, capital city police officer, representatives of traders and officials concerned attended the meeting. 
The chief minister was apprised of the progress about Ichhra cracker blast and overall law and order situation in the province during the meeting. A preliminary report of the Ichhra blast was also presented to the chief minister.
Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister Shahbaz said that maintenance of the law and order was top priority of the government because expeditious development and promotion of trade, economic activities and investment was not possible without establishment of a peaceful environment. 
He said that all possible steps should be taken to further improve the law and order situation. He directed the law-enforcement agencies to work in a coordinated manner.
He directed the police to spare no effort in ensuring protection of life and property of the people and that criminals must be apprehended and culprits taken to task at the earliest. 
He said that billions of rupees had been provided to the police and more resources would also be provided; however, the police would have to come up to the expectations of the people and perform its duties honestly and diligently for creating sense of security among the people. Chief Minister Shahbaz also noted that besides huge resources, modern training facilities had been arranged for capacity-building of the police. 
He said that a modern command and control centre was being set up in Lahore to monitor and streamline the working of the police and that work on this project was going on expeditiously. 

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