ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday directed the police authorities to fix responsibility of criminal negligence by carrying out fair and neutral investigation into the Rawalpindi incident. He gave the directive while chairing a high-level meeting on law and order here at the Prime Minister House. Taking strong exception over the role of police in the Rawalpindi incident, the Prime Minister said the police should have taken pre-emptive action to avert the incident. During the meeting, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Khan Baig gave a detailed briefing over the incident. Admitting failure of the local police authorities, the IGP told the meeting that the Rawalpindi incident resulted into 11 causalities and injuries to 56 people.
He said that all deaths resulted due to use of firearms and refuted claims from some quarters about missing persons in the tragic incident.
The Inspector General informed the meeting that nine perpetrators involved in this incident, had been apprehended after their identification with the aid of video footage obtained from media organizations.
The Prime Minister expressed grave displeasure over the criminal inaction and laxity of the police authorities. “Law-enforcement authorities must not show any laxity in dealing with such incidents. Speech inciting hatred, stone pelting and firing are unacceptable crimes,” he added.
He directed that criminal silence on the part of administration and police on the propagation of sectarian hatred through loud speakers and wall chalking would not be tolerated. He further directed to take strict action against those, who have no regard 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 draft Cyber Law within days.
Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Khawaja Zaheer Ahmed, Punjab Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah, DG ISI Lt Gen Zaheer-ul-Islam, DG IB Aftab Sultan and senior officials of the Prime Minister’s Office, Interior Ministry and Punjab Government attended the meeting.