‘Furious’ Buzdar to decide about Lahore top cop’s future
Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat on Friday said that Chief Minister Usman Buzdar would decide about the fate of Lahore CCPO Umer Shaikh after his insensitive statement about the motorway gang-rape victim, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Talking to media in Lahore, Basharat condemned the Lahore police chief’s assertions and said he did not agree with that. The chief minister had summoned the CCPO, he added.
He said the chief minister has formed a committee, to be led by the minister, in this regard which will visit the crime scene soon.
Earlier, it was reported that the chief minister had been angered by the CCPO’s statement and sought an explanation from him over the sensitive issue.
This response came as the PML-N, the main opposition party, on Saturday called for his immediate removal, criticising the government members for their support to the Lahore police chief after his controversial comments.
In this connection, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif described this approach as “beyond comprehension”.
The way government ministers and Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar “have rushed to support and implicitly justify the conduct of a police officer is beyond comprehension,” said Shehbaz.
“This is their contribution to the victim-blaming. How can they govern when they do not have the ability to identify a problem?” he questioned.
Meanwhile, PML-N Spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb demanded immediate removal of the Lahore police chief, launching a judicial inquiry and including Anti-Terrorism Act clauses in the FIR.
She especially blasted Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior Shahzad Akbar for defending Lahore CCPO Umer Sheikh.
Marriyum told a press conference in Islamabad that the state had been paralysed and could not provide security to the citizens.
The PML-N made the demand for removing Sheikh a day after PPP Information Secretary Nafisa said that Federal Communication Minister Murad Saeed should be expelled from the cabinet over the complete absence of security apparatus on the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway.