LAHORE - Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif yesterday monitored the situation of law and order in 12 districts of Punjab in the third phase of local bodies’ elections, from London.

He directed Cabinet for strict implementation of the ban on displaying and carrying of firearms. “Strict and indiscriminate action should be taken against those involved in firing,” he ordered.

Shahbaz Sharif, giving clear-cut instructions, said that he will not tolerate incidents of aerial firing while celebrating victory. He directed the police and the administration to take measures against such incidents.

Meanwhile, Pakistani community and diplomatic circles in London termed the welcome accorded to the chief minister delegation unprecedented for any Pakistani. “We have not seen such a reception by British officials and members parliament to any political leader of Pakistan on visit to UK,” they said.

Separately, Pakistani High Commissioner to UK, Ibn-e-Abbas said Shahbaz Sharif’s visit opened new avenues of cooperation between Pakistan and Britain.

Shahbaz Sharif’s address at the Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatom House also remained significant during the visit. Prominent thinkers and world leaders were invited to address the think tank.

Talking to media in London, Shahbaz Sharif convincingly presented the challenges facing the country and resolve of the government to defeat them. He dilated on the outcome of National Action Plan and the wide support it enjoyed to root out terrorism and extremism in the country. The successes achieved through military operation, Zarb-e-Azb, to eliminate terrorists also figured in his talk.