PM sees castration of rapists as a tool to control sex crimes

Imran says he would support public hanging of rapists, but it wouldn't be acceptable internationally

By: News Desk      Published: 06:01 PM, 14 Sep, 2020
PM sees castration of rapists as a tool to control sex crimes

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that he would support public hanging of rapists, but it would not be acceptable internationally. 

Talking to a private news channel, the prime minister said better policing, registration of criminals, legislation and castration of rapists through chemicals or surgery could help curb the increasing rate of sex crimes in Pakistan. 

Commenting on the coronavirus situation in Pakistan, the prime minister said Pakistan had come out of the pandemic for now, but people would have to be careful because the second wave could hit Pakistan in winter. 

Responding to a question about Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar’s performance, Khan said the best thing about Buzdar is that he is not corrupt. He said that Buzdar has not wasted the taxpayers’ money on self-promotion. He said that Punjab’s bureaucracy is corrupt and highly politicised. At the end of the day, he said, people will question the government about governance in Punjab, not about the chief minister. 

About the view that second tier of the PTI leadership did not have access to CM Buzdar, Khan said he was focusing on this issue. He said that egovernance was the solution to most of the problems people were facing today. He said the local government system the PTI government was going to introduce would be the most empowered system of Pakistan’s history. He said that tehsil nazim and mayors of big cities would be elected through direct elections. 

When asked to comment on the agenda of the opposition political parties, Khan said that opposition parties had just one-point agenda — they wanted to save the money looted by their leaders. He said it was not a “national democratic opposition” in Pakistan. He said that opposition parties wanted corruption cases against their leaders withdrawn, but he would not agree on this at any cost. 

Referring to former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal’s view that Karachi’s census was flawed and there was a need to take new census to address the problems facing the metropolis, Khan said that fresh census could be taken at a later stage, but major issues should be addressed first. He said that water supply was the main problem of Karachi and the federal government would take care of this issue. He said that other issues were cleanliness, infrastructure, and choked drains. He said now the government would work in Karachi with a timeline and all projects would be completed within three years. 

Referring to the appointment of Umar Sheikh as Lahore CCPO, Khan said he was brought to Lahore because police were not delivering in the Punjab capital. He said that police were supporting criminals and mafias at the grassroots. Answering a question about frequent transfers of senior bureaucrats, Khan said that bureaucracy was not working. He however said there was no guarantee the new police chief for Punjab would deliver.