Motorway rape incident: CM Punjab to chair investigation committee meeting

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

12th Sep, 2020. 09:40 pm
CM Usman Buzdar

(Motorway rape incident) Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Usman Buzdar will chair a meeting of the investigation committee formed to probe into the Lahore motorway gang-rape incident.

The chief minister will review the progress of the investigation into the motorway rape incident in the meeting which will be attended by the provincial law minister, chief secretary, inspector general and other officials.

It is pertinent to mention here that the provincial authorities had released Rs50 million funds to the Punjab Forensic Science Authority (PFSA) over the directive of CM Usman Buzdar for completing the DNA tests of the suspects.

According to sources, Lahore’s Capital City Police Office (CCPO) will also appear before the investigation committee to clarify his statement regarding the gang-rape incident.

Earlier on Saturday night, the Punjab police had claimed to arrest a prime suspect involved in the gang rape of the woman on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway near Gujjarpura area.

The search for the second suspect involved in the gang rape of a woman was underway, sources said.

Moreover, Inspector General IG Punjab Inam Ghani on Saturday refused to defend the victim-blaming comments by Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umar Sheikh on the Lahore motorway rape incident.

Stressing that in “no way the victim can be blamed for the horrific event”, IG Punjab said: “[The] guard cannot tell the owner of the house to protect their belongings themselves.”

Meanwhile, Law Minister Raja Basharat had also termed the CCPO’s statement ‘inappropriate’ and maintained that he does not approve or agree with whatever the CCPO had earlier said.

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