CM devises plan to deal with religious party protesters

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Staff Reporter

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has struck out on Tuesday a 9-point agenda to deal with religious party protestors apparently wreaking havoc in the provincial capital and holding captive 75 points in the city to stage demonstrations.

According to the sources privy to the developments inside the Punjab CM House, the orders are to release no leaders of the religious party arrested in the two days of demonstration and not let anyone challenge the writ of the state.

We will not accept blockading of the roads at any cost and those causing it will be booked on criminal charges, the sources quoted the agenda today.

Those leading the protests and those facilitating them will be identified and dealt with, the government has undertaken according to the sources.

Punjab’s home ministry has instructed the law enforcement agencies to shift detained protestors to far-flung facilities and no case against them be scrapped.

It may be noted that earlier today in Lahore, police in Shahdara town have booked senior leaders of the far-right religious party on charges of murder and attempt to murder, among others, after its nationwide protests turn violent, causing vandalism and assault, against the arrest of party chief.

Some of the senior party leaders Saad Rizvi, Aijaz Rasool, Muhammad Qasim and others have been booked in Lahore police FIR. The FIR was on the complaint of a police officer himself.

Meanwhile, Hamid Yar Haraj MPA called on Chief Minister Usman Buzdar to discuss development schemes and matters of mutual interest.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said the district development projects are being initiated and their completion will be ensured in the next two and a half years.

Consultation with parliamentarians will be ensured in this regard, he added and announced to personally review development schemes during field visits.

The chief minister emphasised that the quality of work and transparency will be ensured in development schemes.

The people need the solution to their problems and the government will come up to their expectations, he assured. The government is utilizing resources for the betterment of the common man, concluded the CM.

Hamid Yar Haraj expressed gratitude to the CM for taking efforts for the south Punjab secretariat and appreciated that development schemes of Khanewal district are a part of CM’s priorities.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar directed to make the price control mechanism more effective for providing relief to the masses.

The CM expressed the satisfaction that essential items are being provided to the consumers at three-year-old rates in 313 Ramazan bazaars.

Sugar is available at a subsidized rate of Rs68 per kg, he added. The CM said ample stock of sugar is available and no one will be allowed to increase its rate. Similarly, flour is also available at a subsidized rate.

The chief minister announced to check rates in Ramadan bazaars by conducting surprise visits and emphasised that no one will be allowed to sell substandard items in Ramadan bazaars.

On the other hand, CM Usman Buzdar has expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the death of Na’at Khawan Raja Rasheed Mahmood.

In a condolence message, the CM extended sympathies to the bereaved heirs and prayed for the salvation of late Raja Rasheed Mahmood.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar felicitated the Sikh community at the traditional festival of Vaisakhi.

In a message of felicitations, the CM said this festival will be celebrated with simplicity this year due to the corona pandemic adding that observance of necessary precautions is a collective responsibility of all of us.