LAHORE- Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations Wing) Lahore Ashfaq Khan has stressed upon the need for creating religious harmony and forging unity among the people of different groups, sects and beliefs to ensure maintenance of peace and solidarity in the city particularly during the holy month of Ramadan.
Ashfaq Khan said that it was the need of hour to foil nefarious designs of anti-state elements, adding that love and fraternity should be promoted among various sects.
He was presiding over an important meeting of District Peace Committee in connection with peace and solidarity in Ramadan.
The DIG said the security arrangements could only be proved successful with integrated efforts and the cooperation of Ulema alongwith civil society.
Interfaith harmony, brotherhood and tolerance are necessary to overcome the present challenges of extremism and acts of terrorism by making coordinated efforts for sustainable peace, he added.
SSP Operations Lahore Ismail ur Rehman Kharak, SP Security Lahore Faisal Shehzad, SP Headquarters Syed Karrar Hussain, and members of the Peace Committee were present.
The members of the Peace Committee were Moulana Muhammad Ali Naqshbandi, Pir Bashir Ahmad Yusafi, Moulana Irshad Naeemi, Sajzada Babar Farooq Raheemi, Agha Shah Hussain Qazalbash, Allama Mushtaq Hussain Jaffari, Agha Abbas, Khawaja Basharat Hussain Karbalai, Hafiz Kazim Raza Naqvi, Mufti Intikhab Ahmad, Hafiz Asad Ubaid, Hafiz Zubair, Shakeel-ur-Rehman Nasir, Bashir Ahmad Salfi, Irshad Ashaq Naz, Shabnam Nagi, representatives of different schools of thoughts and notables from civil society attended the meeting.
DIG Operations Ashfaq Khan asked the Ulema-e-Karam to play effective role for promotion of religious harmony during the month of Ramadan. He asked them to extend full support to the government in its efforts for elimination of extremisms in the society.
Khan appreciated different proposals and suggestions from Ulema to ensure peace in the sacred month of Ramadan and said that he is available to every member of DPC and his doors are always open for any guidance and support to the Ulema in any emergency and untoward situation.
He stressed to streamline effective and regular coordination between the members of Peace Committee and other stakeholders including Lahore Police to ensure maintenance of peace.
He requested the Ulema to create awareness among people through their Juma sermons to eliminate anti social elements from society,refrain children from nuisance of narcotics and other social evils badly affecting the youths.
Ashfaq Khan asked religious the leaders to get prior permission before their programs so as to ensure implementation of safety measures by Lahore Police.
Ulema-e-Karam from different religious parties appreciated the efforts of Lahore Police for establishment of permanent peace in the city. They assured their full cooperation for establishment of peace during the month of Ramadan.
DIG Operations Lahore Ashfaq Khan also broke his fast with the members of the Peace Committee.— PRESS RELEASE