Yuhanabad tragedy conspiracy to divide nation: Shahbaz Sharif

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif Tuesday said the incident took place in Yuhanabad was the worst conspiracy to divide the nation.

He said the incident was highly condemnable.

Presiding over a meeting, here, to review overall law and order situation in the wake of the tragic incident in Yuhanabad, the Chief Minister said terrorists had no religion and did not deserve to be called humans.

He said the entire nation was united in the war against terrorism and the enemies of peace would face a crushing defeat.

He said the nation fully shares the grief of its Christian brethren.

The Chief Minister issued orders for immediate arrest and legal action against the elements that were involved in damage to property and ransacking after the Yuhanabad incident.

He said no one could be allowed to take the law into his hands.

He said protection of life and property of citizens was the responsibility of the government which would be discharged at any cost.

He directed that those who burned to death two persons be immediately arrested and the case be sent to Anti-Terrorist Court.

The Chief Minister directed that all necessary measures be taken for maintaining law and order and a watchful eye be kept on miscreants.

He further directed that security of mosques, imam barghas, churches and worship places be reviewed and all necessary measures be taken for ensuring complete protection of these places. He said that intelligence system was of vital importance for elimination of terrorism and concerned institutions should take solid measures in this regard.

Shahbaz Sharif said terrorists and their facilitators would be made an example with the force of national unity and those who planned attack on churches in Yuhanabad would not be able to escape the law.

The meeting observed one minute’s silence for the Christian brethrens who lost their lives in the blasts in Yuhanabad while Fateha was offered for other persons including the police constable.

The meeting also reviewed the tragic incident from various angles and discussed strategy for preventing such incidents in future.

Provincial Ministers Col. (retd) Shuja Khanzada, Khalil Tahir Sandhu, Members Provincial Assembly Rana Sanaullah, Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Special Assistant Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Chief Secretary, Inspector General Police and concerned officers were also present.