CM Committee Led by Minister Law Inspects Motorway Incident Site


Provincial Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Social Welfare Raja Basharat has said that the incident of robbery and rape of a woman on the motorway was as unfortunate for the Chief Minister of Punjab and the government as it is for the people and effective prosecution will be ensured after the arrest.  He was speaking to the media today after inspecting the site along with the CM investigation committee.  He said that the Chief Minister had full focus on this case and he was committed to provide justice to the affected family.  Raja Basharat said that this case was a challenge for Lahore police and our priority was to arrest the accused as soon as possible. Commenting on the CCPO's statement, he said that the statement of an officer could be viewed separately and administratively but it would not be allowed to affect the independent investigation. "Investigative teams are investigating the incident while IG Punjab has also set up a special inquiry committee.  The government is fully aware of the sentiments of the people and no aspect will be kept secret from them" he said, adding that investigations were being carried out from all angles in the light of which policies would be formulated to prevent such incidents in future.  Earlier, he chaired the Committee's meeting at the Civil Secretariat and took briefings from provincial and federal law enforcement agencies.  Additional Chief Secretary Home, Additional IG Special Branch, DIG Investigation Punjab, DG Forensic Authority, NHA and Motorway Police officers attended also attended the meeting.  NHA officials said they had been sending letters to motorway officials since January this year, but security had not yet been deployed.  The law minister said that this was a very tragic incident for which strict action would be taken after determining the responsibility.