Qadri demands suspension of Law Minister, IGP over Kasur rape and murder incident


LAHORE, Jan 11 (TNS): Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri on Thursday demanded the suspension of Punjab law minister and inspector general of police (IGP) over the recent rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl in Kasur.

“If you eliminate the crime and punish the criminals, then make Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Home Minister Rana Muhammad Afzal, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, and the IGP Captain (retired) Arif Nawaz Khan accountable,” Qadri demanded at a press conference.

“The IGP, law minister, and home secretary should be suspended with immediate effect,” he said, adding that the chief minister should also be summoned and suspended.

“We know that a powerful individual.powerful groups are behind each such incident. It is a network of criminals,” the PAT chief said.

He maintained that making low-ranking police officers OSD (officer on special duty) will make no difference.

“Make Shehbaz and Sanaullah OSD, catch their MNAs and MPAs and then you’ll find out the criminal network [operating] under them,” said Qadri.

Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Central Punjab Qamar Zaman Kaira, who was attending the joint press conference, also expressed deep regret on the killing of two protestors on Wednesday.

“Opening fire is used as an extreme measure,” said Kaira in the press conference, which was also attended by Pakistan Muslim League’s (PML) Senator Kamil Ali Agha.

“Straight fire was opened on protestors to silence their voices,” said Agha. “The behaviour with protestors is regrettable.”

Agha further said that he was grateful to the courts and army chief for taking notice of the Kasur incident.