–Chief Minister Buzdar condemns Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Friday said that supremacy of law should be ensured at every cost and maintaining peace was a fundamental responsibility of the state.
Presiding over a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation in the province, he said that protection of life and property of the people was the government’s prime responsibility and every possible step was being taken in this regard.
“The prevailing circumstances necessitate unusual steps,” he said, adding that departments concerned should put in place strict security measures.
“We want to deal with the situation with forbearance; and for that purpose, we are trying to move forward with cordial disposition,” he maintained.
“There is a strong need to promote national unity and cohesion in the society and all of us should continue playing our active role. We are moving forward for the betterment of the country and leaders of religious parties as well as scholars should play their effective role in this regard.”
Earlier, the meeting reviewed in detail the law and order situation in the provincial capital and other parts of Punjab in wake of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s (TLP) protests. The government also reaffirmed its commitment to take all possible measures to protect the citizens.
Provincial Law Minister Raja Basharat, federal secretary (interior), Punjab chief secretary, IG police, Rangers DG, additional chief secretary and other officials concerned attended the meeting.
Separately, CM Buzdar strongly condemned the recent Indian brutalities in India-held Kashmir (IHK).
According to a statement issued here, the chief minister expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the martyrdom of Kashmiri youths and extended sympathies to their survivors.
He also prayed for the earliest recovery of the injured and said that India had blatantly violated human rights in occupied Kashmir through state-sponsored terrorism.
“India will have to grant the right to self-determination to the Kashmiris,” he said, adding that Pakistan was standing with Kashmiris and their diplomatic, political and moral support would be continued.