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Shahbaz Sharif holds meeting to assess Outfall Road incident

Lahore : Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presided over a high-level meeting here today to review law and order situation in the province in detail. Preliminary report regarding the incident of Outfall Road blast was presented in the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that necessary steps should be taken for the protection of life and property of the people and effective implementation of evolved security plan should be ensured.

He directed the concerned officials that entry and exit points of the province should be strictly monitored and proper checking of vehicles coming to Punjab and Lahore should be carried out.

He said that present circumstances require emergency measures as the enemy is trying to create instability in the country and therefore, concerned institutions and agencies should render their duties with devotion and dedication. We all have to work jointly to foil the nefarious designs of the enemy, he added.

He directed to carry out continued monitoring of security steps taken for the protection of life and property of the citizens.

Shahbaz Sharif said that incident of Outfall Road blast is very tragic and directed that a comprehensive report should be presented at the earliest by investigating the incident from all aspects and strict legal action be taken against the responsible persons along with their immediate arrest.

He said that best treatment facilities should be continuously provided to the injured and necessary facilities should also be provided to their attendants.

The Chief Minister inquired the concerned officers present in the meeting that despite of clear instructions, why did the truck stand not shifted to other place from Sagian? He ordered to shift the truck stand to some other place at the earliest and said that instead of waiting for his instructions, the concerned departments should automatically perform their responsibilities.

He expressed deep sense of sorrow and grief over the death of two persons and extended heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families. Prayers were also offered for the departed souls and early recovery of the injured in the meeting.

Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Ayub Ghadi, Jehangir Khanzada, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif MNA, Additional Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Inspector General of Police and concerned officers attended the meeting.

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