Shehbaz announces free shuttle bus service for cricket lovers


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LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif announced on Wednesday to launch free of cost special bus service for cricket lovers to Qaddafi Stadium.

He announced this while presiding over a high-level meeting of Cabinet Committee on Law and Order held to review security plan for Pakistan Super League (PSL) final to be played on March 5.

The Chief Minister directed the security agencies to fully implement security plan and ensure foolproof security. Besides, he also ordered to deploy police officials at mosques, imam bargahs, churches and other worship places on the day.

Addressing the meeting, Shehbaz Sharif said, hosting PSL event in Lahore was indeed a great honour and the government was making all out arrangements for the mega event.

He said, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa were providing their best collaboration for making the event a complete success.

He promised for continuous provision of uninterrupted electricity supply at the entry and exit points of Gaddafi Stadium.

The Chief Minister said PSL final would be a mega event of Lahore and they needed to work round the clock to make it successful by ensuring safe and peaceful environment for final match through fool proof security arrangements.

He said, it was the desire of whole nation to dispose this event in Lahore. “It is a matter of honor for Pakistan and we will never let it down,” he added.

Shehbaz Sharif said such emergency situations always demanded extra ordinary initiatives and the way you all were working to make this event successful gave them a hope that they would do it perfectly.

He directed the concerned departments and authorities to perform their duties efficiently by keeping close liaison with each other and ensure marvelous arrangements in every manner.

He directed Provisional Cabinet Committee on Law & Order to review all the arrangements regularly and vowed to evaluate them himself regularly.

He also directed to arrange alternative traffic routes for public to spare them from any inconvenience.

Also free bus shuttle services would be provided for the spectators to take them to the stadium.

Shehbaz Sharif directed to take the best cleanliness measures in and outside the stadium and ensure uninterrupted power supply on entry and exit points also to decorate whole city along with the routes to the stadium with fancy lights.

He warned that there shouldn’t be any complaint of overcharging of tickets to the spectators.

The Chief Minister also directed to ensure fool proof security in Lahore as well as other cities of province and take every step to shatter the bad intentions of enemies who wanted to destabilize Pakistan. However, he said they were taking every possible step for the safety of life & property of public and concerned authorities to meet their devised responsibilities.

Interior secretary and commissioner Lahore division briefed the participants of meeting about security and other necessary arrangements.

Provisional Ministers Rana Sanaullah, Rana Mashood Ahmed, Ayub Gadhi, Syed Raza Ali Gillani, Jahangir Khanzada, advisor Rana Maqbool Ahmed, special assistant Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan, advisor Dr. Umer Saif , chief secretary, IG police, senior officials of civil, military and law enforcing agencies and secretaries of other concerned departments attended the meeting.—APP