LAHORE - Provincial Minister for Law & Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sanaullah Khan has said that the speeches of Ulema fanning sectarianism on the occasion of Eidul Azha will be recorded and monitored through CCTV cameras.

He said that in view of the security, no vehicle will be allowed to go up to mosques or Eidgahs. He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting of cabinet sub-committee on law & order at Civil Secretariat, yesterday.

Special Assistant to Chief Minister Rana Maqbool, Chief Secretary Punjab, IG Punjab, SMBR Nadeem Ashraf, CCPO Lahore, Additional IG CTD Rai Tahir and others were present on the occasion. Rana Sanaullah said that there is ban on provocative speeches at mosques, therefore, action will be taken as per law against the Ulema violating this ban.

He said that it is the responsibility of local DCO and TMAs to install cameras at cattle markets. He directed that sweeping of mosques and Eidgahs should be ensured before Eid prayers.

The law minister said that snipers would be deployed on the roofs of sensitive buildings. He said that no comprise would be made on the security of important personalities during Eid prayers and necessary security will be provided to them. Rana Sanaullah said that secret agencies should keep close contact with law enforcement agencies.

He said that strict checking of all entry and exit routes of the city should be ensured. He said that foolproof security arrangements should be made at Eid bazaars, shopping malls, hotels, western food outlets and all historical places. The law minister said that strict implementation of ban on collection of sacrificial hides by banned organisations will be ensured.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had ordered a complete ban on the banned outfits for collecting animal hides.

Thursday’s order is part of the full-scale crackdown on the proscribed organisations, initiated in the backdrop of the brutal assassination of late Punjab home minister Shuja Khanzada last month.

The chief minister, while underscoring the need for stepping up efforts for speedy implementation of the National Action Plan, had directed the police and the law enforcement agencies for a direct action against the militancy in the province.

The CM, during a meeting here the other day, reviewed the law and order situation and the security arrangements on the occasion of Eidul Azha and the following by-elections. He directed the authorities to further tighten security on entry and exit routes of Punjab, especially Lahore.

“There will be a complete ban on collecting sacrificial hides by banned organizations,” Shahbaz Sharif told the meeting.