Pun­jab Govt failed to es­tab­lish causes of Badami Bagh in­ci­dent: SC

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

The Supreme Court has said that the Pun­jab Government has failed to es­tab­lish the causes of Joseph Colony in­ci­dent on March 9.

In a short or­der Chief Jus­tice Iftikhar Mo­ham­mad Chaudhry who is head­ing a 3 mem­ber bench hear­ing the suo moto case‚ said that the SSP In­ves­ti­ga­tion La­hore in­formed the court that the com­plainants and wit­nesses of the in­ci­dent are miss­ing.

The court or­dered that how the cul­prits would be ap­pre­hended if such a sit­u­a­tion is pre­vail­ing. The Supreme Court held the In­spec­tor Gen­eral (IG) po­lice of Pun­jab and the Cap­i­tal City Po­lice Of­fi­cer (CCPO) La­hore re­spon­si­ble for the Joseph Colony. The court main­tained that the sus­pen­sion of the SHO and DPO was not enough and no fur­ther neg­li­gence will be tol­er­ated in the case.

The ad­vo­cate gen­eral Pun­jab submitted re­ports of the Joseph Colony in­ci­dent and of Go­jra ri­ots. He said that the government ac­cepts re­spon­si­bil­ity for the mob at­tack and is tak­ing steps to pre­vent such in­ci­dents in the fu­ture.

The act­ing IG Pun­jab blamed the DIG op­er­a­tions for the in­ci­dent. Dur­ing case pro­ceed­ing, Pun­jab Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral Ash­tra Ausaf pre­sented a report on Go­jra tragedy and said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­ducted be­hind closed-doors, how­ever, the report was present on the web­site.

On this, the chief jus­tice stated that although the pro­ceed­ings of ju­di­cial com­mis­sion are car­ried out in close-door meet­ings, but its rec­om­men­da­tions are for the gen­eral pub­lic. He said the com­mon man should know the rea­sons be­hind the in­ci­dent, adding that com­mis­sion s pur­pose would re­main in­com­plete if peo­ple are not aware of its find­ings. The court has now ad­journed hear­ing till Mon­day next. On March 9, a mob of over 3,000 peo­ple set ablaze more than 150 houses of Chris­tians in the Joseph Colony over al­leged blas­phe­mous re­marks against Prophet Muham­mad (pbuh) by Sawan Masih, a 28-year-old Chris­tian san­i­ta­tion worker. Au­thor­i­ties in La­hore ar­rested 150 peo­ple on charges of riot and ar­son.

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