Time has come to root out terrorism once and for all: Shahbaz

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that elimination of terrorism is indispensable to secure the future of the country as well as to maintain peace in society. He said that time has come to rid the country of the scourge of terrorism once and for all and that the whole nation was united behind its armed forces to foil the nefarious designs of anti-Pakistan elements.According to a handout, the chief minister expressed these views while chairing a high-level meeting attended by Corps Commander Lieutenant General Naweed Zaman, Law Ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan, Environment Minister Col (r) Shuja Khanzada, Punjab Rangers Director General Major General Khan Tahir Khan, the Lahore general officer commanding (GOC), chief secretary, home secretary and other senior officials of law-enforcement agencies. The meeting decided to improve security arrangements at sensitive places and important buildings throughout the province. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that Pakistan Army personnel have rendered supreme sacrifices for the defence of the country and that our armed forces have the best professional abilities and that the nation was proud of their courage and bravery. He said that Pakistan was passing through a critical phase and that the enemy was hell-bent upon damaging the country. He said that all-out measures would be taken for the protection of lives and properties of citizens while security arrangements would be made foolproof. He said that strict vigilance would be ensured at entry and exit points of the province. He directed the personnel of law- enforcement agencies to perform their responsibilities with mutual coordination and maintain a watchful eye on suspects.Earlier, the corps commander held a meeting with the chief minister and discussed matters of mutual interest and professional activities of the army.Meanwhile, UK High Commissioner Philip Barton called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday and discussed with him matters of mutual interest and bilateral relations, says another handout.Talking to the UK high commissioner, Chief Minister Shahbaz said that Pakistan and the United Kingdom have deep-rooted historical and friendly ties. He said that the United Kingdom was a big trading partner of Pakistan and was extending commendable cooperation for development of different sectors of Pakistan’s economy. He said that the United Kingdom was cooperating with the Punjab government for the development of education, vocational education, health and other social sectors. He said that the School Reforms Road Map Programme was successfully being implemented in the province with the cooperation of the British Department for International Development (DFID) and was yielding positive results. He said that the scope of Skills Development Programme started in four districts of South Punjab with the collaboration of the DFID had been extended to 18 districts and that it would be further expanded to all of the districts of the province. High Commissioner Barton said that Chief Minister Shahbaz was rendering commendable services for the welfare and betterment of the people of Punjab Province. He said that the United Kingdom would continue to cooperate with Pakistan for the development of social sectors.According to another handout, the chief minister has taken notice of the kidnapping of an officer of a sensitive institution and has sought a report from the Multan regional police officer (RPO). The chief minister directed the RPO that steps be taken for ensuring recovery of the officer at the earliest and that no efforts be spared in this regard. According to another handout, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of news items regarding increase in the prices of daily-use items ahead of the holy month of Ramzan and has directed the members of the cabinet committee on price control to take prompt measures to bring about stability in prices of essential items by visiting markets. 

comments powered by Disqus
  • DailyTimes.Official
  • DailyTimes_DT
  • Rss
Sunday Magazine
Aaj Kal