PM orders fair trial, strict action against hate perpetrators

Nov 21, 2013| Courtesy by : nation.com.pk

ISLAMABAD – Expressing severe displeasure over inaction and laxity on part of police officials, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the authorities concerned to fix responsibility for criminal negligence by carrying out fair and neutral investigation into the Rawalpindi incident.

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Chairing a high-level meeting on law and order at the Prime Minister’s House on Wednesday evening, Nawaz Sharif took strong exception of the role of police in the Rawalpindi incident. He said the police should have taken preemptive action to forestall the incident.
During the meeting, the IG Punjab police gave a detailed briefing on the incident and admitted the failure on part of the local police authorities. He briefed the meeting that the Rawalpindi incident resulted in the killing of 11 people and injuries to 56 others. He added all deaths occurred due to firearms and refuted claims from some quarters about missing persons in the incident.
The IGP briefed the meeting that some nine perpetrators involved in the incident had been apprehended after their identification with the help of video footages obtained from media organisations.
The prime minister expressed severe displeasure over the criminal inaction and laxity of the police authorities. “The law-enforcement authorities must not show any laxity in dealing with such incidents. The speeches inciting hatred, stone pelting and firing are unacceptable,” said the prime minister.
The PM reiterated criminal silence on the part of the administration and police on propagation of sectarian hatred through loudspeakers and graffiti would not be tolerated. He ordered strict action against those who have no regards for law and order.
Taking note of the negative role played by the social media during the tragic incident, the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to present a cyber law draft within days.
Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan, Information Minister Senator Pervez Rashid, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Khawaja Zaheer Ahmed, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, ISI DG Lt-Gen Zaheerul Islam, IB DG Aftab Sultan and senior officials of the Prime Minister’s Office, Interior Ministry and the Punjab government attended the meeting.