PM chairs meeting regarding preparations for Eid ul Azha

Police should provide all possible protection of life and property to the public: PM

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LAHORE: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting here on Sunday regarding preparations for Eidul Azha and the cleanliness campaign during the Eid days.

Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab Khawaja Ahmed Hassan, Chief Secretary Punjab, Additional Chief Secretary Punjab, Inspector General Punjab Police, Commissioner Lahore, and officers of provincial and district administration and Punjab Police attended the meeting. The prime minister was given a detailed briefing regarding the arrangements for cleanliness in Punjab during Eidul Azha. He instructed the officials to keep the machinery for cleaning operational during round-the-clock shifts and ensure the process to lift animal waste from the doorsteps of the people.

Keeping in view convenience of the people, animal purchase centers should be established and hygienic conditions should be ensured at these places so that the public could be saved from epidemics including coronavirus and dengue, he added.

He further instructed that a shuttle service should be operated to facilitate the people visiting animal markets and protective measures against the coronavirus should also be taken. To another official commitment, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Sunday here chaired a high-level meeting regarding the law and order situation in the Punjab province.

Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly, Chief Secretary Punjab, Inspector General Punjab Police and senior police officers attended the meeting.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister was given a detailed briefing regarding the law and order situation in the Punjab province. The prime minister directed that police should not give in to any pressure while performing their professional duties and ensure in every way possible, protection of life and property of the people. He further said that police should provide all possible protection of life and property to the public. The PM assured that police would be provided sufficient funds for enhancing their capacity for overcoming present day challenges. However, he warned that poor performance and a lethargic attitude would not be tolerated. Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday directed the authorities concerned to take immediate steps for making the shut-down power plants functional and sought a report entailing clear reasons over the load-shedding.

The prime minister chaired an important meeting to overcome the issues of power load-shedding and energy crises. The meeting was attended by Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of State for Petroleum Mussadiq Malik whereas, Minister for Energy Engineer Khurram Dastagir, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, MNA, and PM’s Special Assistant on Public Policy/Strategic Communications Fahad Hussain participated the meeting via videolink. The relevant authorities also attended the meeting. During the meeting, the steps to resolve the ongoing power crises in the country were discussed. The prime minister also directed for resolution of the issues of provinces regarding provision of drinking water and agriculture facilities on priority basis. The Indus River System Authority (IRSA) was told to take an independent decision after mutual consultation of the provinces.  Adding to this, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday took strict notice of the collection of Rs 50,000 federal excise duty from passengers at the airports.

He expressed strong displeasure at the collection of federal excise duty from passengers at the airports.He directed that the illegal order to collect federal excise duty at the airports should be immediately revoked and the practice of causing trouble to the passengers should be discontinued immediately. He ordered an investigation into the collection of federal excise duty. He said it should be investigated as to how the excise duty was collected from the passengers without the approval of the cabinet. He instructed the finance minister that after an immediate inquiry, strict action under the law should be taken against those responsible for the illegal act. He said those who inflicted suffering on the passengers had no right to hold their posts. The PM asked the finance minister to return the money to the passengers from whom federal excise duty was collected. He called for immediate implementation of his orders and submission of a report after action against the persons responsible.

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