LAHORE - Imam Husain and his faithful companions wrote a new chapter of Islamic history by sacrificing their lives for a noble cause, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said in his message on Youm-e-Ashur.

Shahbaz Sharif said: “The sacrifices of the martyrs of Karbala are a beacon of light for Muslims. Hazrat Imam Husain and his companions gave the lesson not to bow before the forces of evil.

“The martyrs of Karbala eternalised the Islamic principles of truth and steadfastness, while we can transform our lives by acting up the lesson learnt from their sacrifices.”

In his message, the chief minister said the tragedy of Karbala reminds of the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Husain and his companions for upholding truth. The incident at Karbala gives a message of tolerance, sacrifice and steadfastness and by acting upon this principle a peaceful society can be established.

“Pakistan is passing through a critical phase and facing the challenge of terrorism. The enemies of peace are shedding the blood of innocent Pakistanis in worship place, markets, streets and offices and trying to destabilise the country.

“In this situation there is a greater need for following the philosophy of Hazrat Imam Husain. It is the time to eliminate mutual differences and promote unity and harmony to foil the nefarious designs of our enemies.”

He further said the scourge of terrorism and extremism will be rooted out from the country. “Pakistan will be transformed into a haven of peace by taking inspiration from the martyrs of Karbala,” Shahbaz vowed.

Presiding over a meeting yesterday, the chief minister said that Pakistan is passing through a critical phase and the enemy is bent upon damaging the country. He directed that the law-enforcement agencies should utilise all their energies for ensuring peace and tranquility.

Shahbaz Sharif instructed the authorities to fully implement the security plan for Majalis and religious processions and spare no efforts for maintaining law and order. He said that the alternative arrangements for communication between law-enforcement agencies and administration are essential and the concerned institutions should maintain a close contact.

Senior police and administrative officers should accompany mourning processions and monitor security arrangements, the CM ordered.

Separately, the chief minister held a meeting with Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf who called on him yesterday.

Talking to the minister, Shahbaz Sharif said that promotion of religious harmony, brotherhood and tolerance is the need of the hour. “Role of Ulema and Mashaikh is of vital importance in promoting peace,” he told the minister.

“Every citizen will have to play his due role for setting up a peaceful society. Elimination of terrorism and extremism is the desire of every Pakistani and those who shed the blood of innocent people deserve maximum punishment.

“The war against terrorism is the war for survival of Pakistan.”

The CM added that the implementation of national strategy for eradication of terrorism is yielding positive results and effective measures have also been taken in Punjab under national action plan. He said that the war against terrorists and their facilitators will be taken to its logical end.