Published On: Sun, May 14th, 2023
Published in Category: Lahore

Caretaker CM Punjab Mohsin Naqvi announces to form JIT to probe vandalism at civil & military installations

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LAHORE: Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi on Saturday announced constitution of a joint investigation team to conduct a probe into vandalism at civil and military installations, including residence of the Lahore Corps Commander, during protests held by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters following the arrest of their leader Imran Khan in a graft case.

The caretaker Punjab chief minister made the announcement during his visit to the head office of the Punjab Safe City Authority to review law and order situation. The JIT will submit a comprehensive report to the government after completing the investigation.

Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi has also ordered to pace up action to detain the miscreants involved in the violent attacks, adding that geofencing will be made in cases related to vandalism. It has also been decided that all the cases will be trialled before the anti-terrorism court.

The caretaker Punjab chief minister has also directed the Public Prosecution Department to ensure immediate trial in the cases in order to bring the elements to justice. “Those involved in attacking Jinnah House, military, civil and private properties will be given exemplary punishment,” he vowed, adding that zero-tolerance police had been adopted against the miscreants.

He said educational institutions will be reopened across the province from May 15 as law and order situation is improving. He directed the departments concerned to continue coordination to maintain the security situation in the province. “Whole force is alert to fail the nefarious designs of the miscreants,” the CM said.

During the visit, Inspector General of Punjab Police Dr. Usman Anwar briefed the chief minister on prevailing security situation in the country.

Meanwhile Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, during a meeting held with his caretaker cabinet to review the province’s law and order situation, ordered speeding up action against criminals found involved in the violence. “Geo-fencing will be conducted of all destructed areas,” Naqvi said.

The provincial chief minister added that all cases against the miscreants will be tried in the anti-terrorism court. “No sinner will be spared and no innocent will be held,” he said.

Interim CM Naqvi asserted that all troublemakers will be brought to justice with evidence. “The elements that attacked civil and military property will not escape severe punishment. A zero tolerance policy has been adopted against miscreants.”

He added that the situation of law and order in Punjab is improving and the government will ensure the safety of people’s life and property.

“The entire force is on alert to thwart the nefarious intentions of criminals,” he said with the provincial administration’s resolve to heckles violent elements.

Meanwhile in its bid to ensure peace and safety of citizens in the province, Punjab government has extended Section 144 by four day across the province, a notification issued late Friday night stated.

"All kinds of assemblies, gatherings, sit-ins, rallies, processions and protests are prohibited in the jurisdiction of Punjab province," the Punjab home department's notification read.

The provincial administration had earlier imposed Section 144 on May 9, owing to the violence post-PTI chairman's arrest in Islamabad.

Meanwhile, Punjab Police spokesperson said on Friday that the number of detained Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers in the province have reached 2790. The arrested individuals were involved in violent protests following the arrest of former PM Imran Khan. The spokesperson added almost 152 police officers and personnel were injured due to the clashes between police and PTI protestors while adding 72 vehicles of the Punjab police were burned. He added that those involved in attacking the security personnel were being identified and arrests were being made.