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JIT to be Established by Punjab Government to Investigate Vandalism Events During PTI Demonstrations

Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi Visits CTD, Appreciates Its Role Against Terrorism

On Saturday, 13th May 2023, the Punjab government made the decision to form a joint investigative team (JIT) to look into the attack on the Corps Commander’s House in Cantonment in Lahore that took place during the nationwide demonstrations that followed the arrest of PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

The PTI chief Imran Khan arrest was declared “invalid and unlawful” by the Supreme Court on May 11, and the IHC granted him bail the next day, preventing police from detaining him until May 15.

Mohsin Naqvi, the interim chief minister of Punjab, proposed the creation of a JIT to look into the alleged “upsetting incidents of vandalism and arson at the Jinnah House and military and civil installations” while presiding over a meeting to assess the state of law and order.

Imran was taken into custody on May 9 from the grounds of the Islamabad High Court, which sparked demonstrations that quickly descended into violence. In Peshawar, government buildings and military sites, including those of Radio Pakistan and the Associated Press of Pakistan, were set on fire.

Recent audio leaks purportedly featuring PTI leaders gave the impression that the party was encouraging its members to attack the Corps Commander’s home.

PTI politician Dr. Yasmin Rashid, who is now being held by the Islamabad police, had earlier claimed that it was a “doctored audio clip” since she had never given the order to set the home on fire.

Today, Naqvi stressed that after finishing the inquiry, the JIT will provide the government with a thorough report.

The minister also mandated the geo-fencing of all vandalism occurrences and the expedited prosecution of the criminals responsible for the attacks.

“The anti-terrorism court will hear all cases against the miscreants,” he said.

The minister said, “[We] will not spare any sinner and will not arrest anyone innocent.” He then ordered the public prosecution office to make sure that everyone would get an expedient trial.

Every miscreant would be brought before the court with proof, according to Naqvi. He further stated that anyone responsible for the attacks on “civil, military, and private properties would not be able to escape a dreadful punishment”.

The minister reaffirmed the public’s safety and the government’s “zero-tolerance policy” against criminal activity during the meeting.

“The concerned institutions will continue to work in close collaboration to uphold the status quo of law and order. The whole military is on high alert to counter the bad forces’ malicious plans, Mohsin Naqvi declared.

Punjab Inspector General Dr. Usman Anwar also gave the acting chief minister a briefing on the province’s current state of affairs and the measures taken against criminals during the meeting.

Among those present at the meeting were Punjab Safe Cities Authority managing director, Lahore deputy commissioner, Counter Terrorism Department additional inspector general, Lahore capital city police officer and secretary of law.

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Additionally, Punjab’s Inspector General (IG), Dr. Usman Anwar, stated that anyone who challenges the authority of the government or the law will face harsh legal consequences.

He underlined that anyone responsible for harming bystanders, law enforcement officials, and staff, as well as destroying property, “will be brought to justice”.

27 wounded, two killed in Peshawar

Two persons died as a consequence of violence in Peshawar, while 27 others were sent to several hospitals’ emergency rooms, including Lady Reading Hospital and Peshawar Teaching Hospital.

At least 30 persons were detained in Peshawar following the violent protests, the police reported, adding that complaints had been filed against the accused miscreants.

The incidents have been reported to the police on suspicion of causing damage to automobiles, metro buses, private property, and government ambulances.

Arson, stone-throwing, vandalism, and assaults on the police have also been included as provisions.

The police stated that they are now working to identify rioters and arsonists using CCTV video and other sources.

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