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Punjab Govt to Bring Effective Law Against Extra Judicial Killings: Raja Basharat

The law minister flanked by police custody victim Salahuddin's father addresses press conference

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LAHORE– Punjab Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Social Welfare Raja Basharat has said the Punjab government will not tolerate extra judicial killings by police and would stand with the oppressed families in such incidents.

He was addressing media along with Mohammad Afzal, the father of Salahuddin, who was killed in police custody and a delegation of lawyers accompanying them here on Saturday.

Earlier, Mohammad Afzal met the Chief Minister, Sardar Usman Buzdar and expressed his satisfaction over the government’s actions in this regard.

Describing the details of the meeting, Raja Bashart said that the Chief Minister has made it clear that those responsible for the Rahim Yar Khan incident would receive a definitive sentence and effective law is being brought in order to stop such sad incidents.

The Additional Chief Secretary Home has been directed to initiate work on the proposed law instantly. Raja Basharat said that at the behest of Mohammed Afzal, the Chief Minister directed IG Punjab to appoint a DIG level officer on the inquiry of the Salahud Din case and ordered to conduct the  post mortem of the victim again.

The law minister further said that as per the directive of Prime Minister Imran Khan, concrete reforms would be made to make the police truly a public servant and the police would not be allowed to kill civilians through violence.

He said that as soon as the instructions of Governor Punjab were received, any government school or institution would be attributed to the name of late Salahuddin.

He said that Mohammed Afzal expressed satisfaction over the government’s request for setting up of a judicial commission and said that he would accept the findings of the commission whatever they be. He said that if the issue is resolved by the addition of Section 7-ATA to the FIR of Salahud Din, the government would have no objection.

Later, the lawyers thanked the Chief Minister and the Law Minister for making taking prompt action on the incident and cooperating in every possible way and said that a formal request for new post-mortem would be initiated immediately.

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