The Punjab government has decided to ask religious leaders to help calm down protesters so that they do not vandalise public assets, The Express Tribune has learnt.
The initiative comes after the federal government and some political parties alleged that the Punjab government was promoting violence by giving a free rein to protestors who were damaging public property.
The Auqaf minister and secretary have been directed to engage notable clerics and request them to use their influence to calm down those protesting against electricity outages in their districts.
The chief minister’s secretariat has directed divisional commissioners, regional police officers and the capital city police officer to extend support to the religious leaders in this task.
The directions were issued last week by the chief minister’s principal secretary Nadeem Hassan Asif on the orders of chief minister.
The chief minister’s secretariat will monitor progress in this regard.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 27th, 2012.
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