Opposition leader files adjournment motion on Raiwind operation

LAHORE: Punjab Assembly (PA) Opposition Leader Mian Mahmoodur Rashid has submitted an adjournment motion in the provincial legislature against what he called “criminal negligence” of the Punjab government and “failure” of its security plan, as it remained unaware of presence of a hideout of terrorists in Raiwind for the past six months.
In his motion, the opposition leader said that security lapses that came to the fore in the wake of Raiwind incident had put the life and property of general public at stake and apart from this, if the security agencies had performed their duties honestly, they would not have allowed terrorists to camp near the prime minister’s residence for a long period of time. “Had they performed their duties honestly, we would not have lost a brave Elite Force personnel today,” he added.
Rashid said that the chief minister would have to answer how come he was unaware of the activities of terrorists near his residence and also as to why the inspector general of police (IGP) had proceeded on ‘mysterious’ leave. He said that the IGP plays an important role in maintenance of the law and order and stands responsible for such incidents.
Rashid also demanded convening a PA session without delay to chalk out a new security plan besides reviewing current arrangements for provision of foolproof security to VVIPs. He said that suggestions of the members of the house should be given due consideration in formulation of the new security plan.
He said that the Model Town incident of June 17 had seriously dented the morale of the police and that it would continue to impact their performance in the future. He said that the Punjab government must stop using the police for its political motives and let the police protect the citizen of the province.
At the moment, he said, over 63,000 proclaimed offenders (POs) posed a serious threat to the people of this province. He said that it was a failure of the police that such a large number of POs were roaming around freely. The fact that many of them were in contact with police officials should also be probed into, he added.
The opposition leader also submitted a call attention notice against the murder of a man in Baghbanpura locality of the provincial capital by robbers that, according to him, manifested the rising crime graph in province.

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