CM Askari lauds Rangers for maintaining peace, defending national frontiers


–Caretaker chief minister reviews cleanliness arrangements, safety of public park swings ahead of Eidul Fitr


LAHORE: Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi on Tuesday paid rich tributes to the services of officers and soldiers of Rangers for maintaining peace and defending the frontiers of the country.

Speaking to Punjab Rangers Director General (DG) Major Gen Azhar Naveed Hayat, who called on him at Chief Minister’s Office, said that the services of Rangers in national security and improving the law and order situation were praiseworthy.

He said the people of Pakistan were proud of the brave officers and soldiers of Rangers engaged in national defence and improving the law and order situation.

He said the security forces had written a new history of bravery by rendering invaluable sacrifices in the war against terrorism and added that there was no other example of such great sacrifices in the history of the world.

“In fact, tremendous achievements have been made in the war against terror and the defence of the country is impregnable,” he added.

The chief minister also said that peace was the harbinger of development and prosperity and the caretaker government was fully committed to holding free and fair elections in a peaceful atmosphere.

“No stone will be left unturned to ensure the use of the right of franchise by the voters in a peaceful atmosphere,” he concluded.

Separately, a high-level meeting was held here with the caretaker CM in the chair.

Addressing the meeting, Dr Hasan Askari said that best cleanliness arrangements should be made in cities on Eid days and implementation on the action plan devised for maintaining cleanliness should also be shown conspicuously.

“A good administration should take steps with prior estimates,” he said.

“Instead of depending upon the presentations, the people will calculate the performance of departments concerned with their practical steps,” said the chief minister, adding that cleanliness was half the faith and neat and clean atmosphere on Eidul Fitr would further rejuvenate the joys of the citizens.

He said the departments concerned should, therefore, play their proactive role in general cleanliness of the cities.

The caretaker chief minister also directed that safety of swings installed at public parks and other recreational places should be ensured at every cost. “Some untoward incidents have occurred in the past and precautionary measures should be adopted to overcome such tragic incidents.”

He said that administration should ensure the implementation of the devised safety plan before permitting the installation of swings and instructions issued to the administration should be implemented in letter and spirit.

Caretaker minister Zafar Mehmood, P&D chairman, Local Government and Urban Development secretary, secretary to Caretaker CM and Lahore Waste Management Company GM (Operations) attended the meeting.


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