Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Sunday directed to ensure foolproof security arrangements in the wake of Youm-e-Ali processions, which will be observed today (Monday).
Issuing directions to Provincial Cabinet Committee for law and order, Buzdar said implementation on prescribed security plan should be ensured at all cost and police should work efficiently to foil nefarious designs of anti-social elements.
He said every step should be taken to ensure peace and protection of life and property of people. Meanwhile, the Punjab government had also slapped a ban on pillion riding in Lahore on the eve of Youm-e-Ali.
According to a notification issued by the provincial home department, the ban has been imposed on the pillion ridding on Ramazan 20 and 21.
The ban, which has been imposed under Section 144 (6) of Criminal Procedure Code will remain in effect until 21st of Ramazan.
The ban, however, will not be applicable to women, children under the age of 12, elderly citizens, journalists, law enforcement agencies, medics, firefighters and employees of rescue services.
Security arrangements had been tightened across the country including Karachi ahead of Youm-e-Ali procession on the 21st of Ramzan.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed to arrange foolproof security across the province on the eve of Youm-e-Shahadat of Hazrat Ali (RA). While passing directions to provincial cabinet committee for law and order, the Chief Minister said that every the needful step should be opted in order to ensure the life and property of the public and to maintain law and order situation.
He said that law enforcing agencies need to stay alert and strict monitoring of the processions should be ensured as well as devised a security plan to be implemented at any cost. He said that our only preference is the maintenance of law and order in the region and necessary resources to be utilized for this purpose. Furthermore, he added that police officers should stay in the field and made officials to perform their duties vigilantly in order to foil nefarious designs of anti-state elements and keep an eye on their activities.
He directed that all departments should keep a close coordination in order to display their duties and comprehensive monitoring mechanism should be devised to ensure proper security arrangements. Every possible step should be opted to ensure foolproof security and cabinet committee for law and order to ensure implementation of code and conduct at any cost.