LAHORE – Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Shafeeq Ahmed Gujjar on Thursday submitted a ‘detailed report’ on the recent Farzana Parveen murder case before the Lahore High Court (LHC).
The police officer appeared before the court in relation to Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Justice Umer Ata Bandial’s verdict in a case pertaining to the state of security in courts. Previously, Justice Bandial had ordered the CCPO to appear before it in person and with a report on Farzana’s murder.
He informed Justice Bandial that four out of six nominated accused and nine out of 20 unidentified suspects, had so far been arrested. “Police will present a charge sheet of the incident within a week’s time,” the CCPO assured the court. During the hearing, Advocate General of Punjab Mustafa Ramday said that the police personnel deployed for security in the courts had to be present at their designated positions.
“It is the duty of the police to provide citizens with security,” he added. Justice Bandial in his comments stated: “Applicants visiting courts should be provided with security. It seems that the police have become a silent spectator. People approach the courts in search of justice and are instead murdered. Courts have become the most suitable place for exacting revenge in Pakistan.”
“Such shameful brutal incidents make a mockery of our courts on global fora and we will not tolerate it,” he added. The two-member bench comprising Justice Bandial and Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik moreover ordered the immediate arrest of the remaining two accused in the Farzana murder case and subsequently adjourned the hearing of the case till July 10.