LAHORE – Caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi on Saturday said that improving law and order situation in the province is the topmost priority and every possible step will be taken for ensuring peaceful holding of elections.

While presiding over a meeting regarding law and order at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Sethi said that peaceful atmosphere would be ensured for exercising right of franchise by the voters in general elections. Secretary Home, Inspector General Police, Additional IGs, Commissioner Lahore Division, DCO Lahore, CCPO Lahore, DIGs besides other concerned officials attended the meeting.

He vowed that the caretaker government would utilize all energies for making general elections fair and transparent. He reiterated that holding of general elections in a peaceful and impartial manner was a national responsibility which would be fulfilled at all costs.

Sethi said that law and order was a challenge but that was not impossible to meet. He said that the caretaker government was fully prepared to cope with the security challenges. He directed concerned authorities to provide complete security to rallies, processions and public meetings during election campaign.

Sethi said that protection of life and property of the citizens was the responsibility of police, therefore, it should utilize full potential to curb crime and ensure a peaceful atmosphere to the people.

He directed that ban on wall chalking should be implemented strictly and posters and banners displaying hate material should be removed immediately throughout the province.

Meetings:  Caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi called on Chief Justice Lahore High Court Umar Atta Bandial at Lahore High Court.

Various matters of mutual interest were discussed during the meeting. Later, the CM visited various wings of the LHC, along with the Chief Justice. Registrar and other officers of the Lahore High Court were also present on the occasion.

CM Gilgit Baltistan calls on caretaker: Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah called on Caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi at Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Saturday and exchanges views on matters of mutual interest.

CM Gilgit Baltistan also congratulated Najam Sethi over assuming the charge of Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab.

In a meeting on rehabilitation of Joseph Colony, Sethi said that the act of burning houses of Christians in Joseph Colony of Badami Bagh, was highly regrettable as no religion allows to perpetrate such an inhuman act.

Sethi termed the incident barbaric and underscored the need for adopting an effective strategy to prevent recurrence of such acts. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary, Advocate General Punjab, Secretaries of Home, Law, Communication & Works, IG Punjab, Additional IGs, Commissioner Lahore Division, CCPO Lahore, DG LDA and other concerned authorities.

The Caretaker said that all segments of society needed to play an active role to promote tolerance, forbearance and peace in society. He warned that no such incident would be tolerated in Punjab in future.

Sethi said that Pakistan’s international image had been damaged after the tragic incident at Joseph Colony Badami Bagh, and such regrettable incidents are not tolerable at any cost. He said that the promotion of inter religious harmony was the need of the hour for which every individual in the society would have to play his effective role.

He said that the constitution of Pakistan provides complete protections of rights to the minorities and they could enjoy equal rights under the law in Pakistan. Najam Sethi said all citizens belonging to minorities living in Pakistan are equal in the eye of law, while protection of their life and property is the responsibility of the state.  A detailed briefing was given to Caretaker CM about the progress made in the case of Badami Bagh incident.