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Maintaining law and order topmost priority of govt, says Shahbaz

*CM says Pakistan is in state of war; situation demands effective steps on war footing basis to protect life and property of citizens

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is in a state of war and that the nation salutes those personnel who are rendering supreme sacrifices for peace and security of the future of the country. 
He said that officers and soldiers, who were embracing martyrdom in the war against terrorism, were heroes of the nation and the masses were proud of them. 
He said that the present situation demanded emergent measures and that all-out steps would be taken for the protection of life and property of citizens while maximum resources would also be provided to improve the law and order in the province. 
The chief minister also issued instructions for making foolproof security arrangements on Youm-e-Ali [the martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (RA)] and directed the law-enforcement agencies to remain fully alert and maintain close coordination for the safety of citizens and maintenance of a peace. 
According to a handout, the chief minister was presiding over a high-level meeting to review the law and order on Friday. 
Participants of the meeting paid tribute to security personnel, Sabir Hussain, who was martyred in operation against terrorists in Pind Arayan near Raiwind on Thursday for his courage and bravery and also offered fateha for the departed soul. 
They also prayed for the early recovery of the injured officials. 
Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that nothing could be more important than maintenance of the law and order. He ordered close monitoring of processions on the martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (RA) and said that the security plan evolved for this purpose should be strictly implemented. 
He directed the police to perform its duties efficiently and diligently to foil the nefarious designs of anti-social elements. 
He also directed senior police officers to personally remain present in the field. 
He directed officials to employ digital technology for strict checking at entry and exit points of the province. He expressed his extreme displeasure over delay in purchase of necessary equipment to be installed at entry and exit points. 
A report regarding the operation against terrorists in Pind Arayan was also presented to the chief minister. 
He appreciated the courage and bravery of security personnel that resulted in the success of the operation and said that security forces have displayed professionalism in thwarting the nefarious designs of terrorists. 
He said that martyred official, Sabir Hussain, was a national hero, who sacrificed his life for the defence of the country. 
The home secretary gave briefing to the participants of the meeting attended by provincial ministers Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan and Col (r) Shuja Khanzada, MNA Hamza Shahbaz, Special Assistant Rana Maqbool Ahmad, chief secretary, acting-inspector general of police and other officials concerned. 

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