CM holds meeting to assess Outfall Road incident


LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif presided over a high-level meeting today to review law and order situation in the province in detail. Preliminary report regarding the incident of Outfall Road blast was presented at the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, the CM said that necessary steps should be taken for the protection of law and order 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.
Shehbaz Sharif said that the incident of Outfall Road blast is very tragic and directed that a comprehensive report be presented at the earliest by investigating the incident from all aspects; strict legal action should be taken against the responsible persons along with their immediate arrest, he added. He further said that best treatment facilities should be continuously provided to the injured and necessary facilities should also be provided to their attendants.
The CM inquired the concerned officers present in the meeting that why, despite clear instructions, was the truck stand not shifted to a different place than Saggian? 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 a 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.