Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that justice is not the right of the high and the mighty only, but of downtrodden as well and it is essential for police to provide justice to the aggrieved and helpless. He said strict action would be taken against those officers of administration and police, against whom a large number of complaints were received.
The Chief Minister was listening to the complaints of citizens at his tent office, Minar-e-Pakistan, today. Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan and police officers were present on the occasion. The Chief Minister issued on the spot instructions on some complaints besides giving financial assistance to some needy persons.
A person from Hafizabad accompanied by his wife, met the Chief Minister and complained that his only son had been killed by some cruel persons who were now threatening him and resorting to firing at his house. He said he was very poor and needed justice. Giving details of the incident, RPO Gujranwala informed the Chief Minister that the culprits involved in the incident had fled to Dubai. Expressing extreme annoyance over not taking action against the culprits in time by the police and enabling them to run to Dubai, the Chief Minister questioned why the name of the culprits was not put in ECL. Ordering immediately suspension of the concerned DSP, SHO, investigation officer and beat officer of the police station for not taking timely action against the culprits, the Chief Minister announced that such police officers have no right to stay on their posts. He directed that those officers who are guilty of dereliction of duty, should be shunted out of the service. Assuring justice to the affected family, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the culprits would be brought back to Pakistan to face justice and they will not escape exemplary punishment. The Chief Minister directed police officers to implement the agreed upon methodology of stopping culprits from running away from the country, so that no such incident should occur in future. Some complainants from Rawalpindi and Green Town Lahore informed the Chief Minister that they had acquired loans on interest, which have become so heavy that they are unable to repay.
The Chief Minister ordered the concerned DCOs to look into the matter and present a report to him. A complainant from Muzaffargarh said that his daughter had been abducted, but, police have not as yet registered an FIR despite passage of four months. The Chief Minister asked the complainant to stay in Lahore and summoned RPO Multan and DCO Muzaffargarh to Lahore.