Lahore:Senior Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab Senator Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa has said that Punjab government will deal sternly with the unscrupulous elements involved in ransacking and causing damage to public and private properties during protest against load-shedding. He said that lawbreakers would immediately be arrested and legal action would be taken against them besides no one would be allowed to play with the life and property of the people. He announced to constitute committees comprising active and vibrant persons headed by Divisional Commissioners and DCOs which will urge the people to remain peaceful during the protests regarding load-shedding in their respective areas and it will be ensured that no loss should be caused to the life and property of the masses.
He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting of high level loadshedding management cabinet committee at Chief Minister’s Secretariat, here today. Advisor to Chief Minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, MNA Pervaiz Malik, Pir Imran Shah, Rana Mehmood-ul-Hassan, Barrister Usman Ibraheem, MPA Chaudary Waheed Arain, Secretary Home, IG Police Punjab, Secretaries of Energy, Local government, Labour and Implementation and Coordination departments attended the meeting.
The meeting discussed in detail the law and order situation during the public demonstrations against load-shedding. Addressing the meeting, Senior Advisor said that Punjab government will not allow anyone to take law in his hand during the protest against load-shedding. He made it clear that strict action will be taken against the violators of law. He appealed to the media that being a responsible pillar of the state, it should motivate the people to remain peaceful during protest demonstrations. He also asked the assembly members to emphasize upon the people to remain peaceful. He said that expression of opinion is democratic right of every person but no one would be allowed to cause damage to state institutions or pubic properties. He directed district administration and police officers to remain vigilant for maintaining public peace. He also appealed to the people to register their protests by remaining peaceful.