LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that demands of justice in the Model Town incident will be fulfilled at any cost and that the guilty persons will not be allowed to escape punishment.
The chief minister also appealed to the Minhajul Quran International administration, in the name of justice and humanity, to withdraw their decision to boycott the proceedings of the judicial commission because judicial process was the only source of ensuring justice and its boycott would be a grave injustice to the victims and their families.
According to a handout, the chief minister was talking to a delegation of assembly members on Thursday.
The chief minister said that he was deeply shocked and grieved over the loss of precious human lives in the incident and that he fully realises the feelings of the families of the victims as well as leaders and workers of the Pakistani Awami Tehreek (PAT).
He said that the judicial commission had started working and facts would soon be brought before the nation. He said that the report of the judicial commission would be implemented in letter and spirit.
He said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had never indulged in politics of bullet and violence as it believes in public service and norms of decency and that it would continue to adhere to these values.
He said that he could not tolerate that people are subjected to cruelty merely for the purpose of removing barricades. He said that tampering with the record of the injured persons would not be tolerated also.
Chief Minister Shahbaz said that he was determined to provide justice to the victims at any cost and that cooperation with the judicial commission was necessary in order to ensure punishment to those, who have played with the human lives.
Despite the refusal of Minhajul Quran administration to meet the delegation of ministers that was going there to express condolences, he said, the Punjab government would uphold all demands of justice.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the Punjab government has prepared a mega project for providing potable water to the masses and a sum of Rs 5 billion has been allocated in the new budget for the ‘Saaf Pani Project’.
He said that provision of clean drinking water was essential to protect the people from diseases; therefore, the government has set the target of supplying clean water to citizens throughout the province during the next four years.
According to another handout, the chief minister was talking Uzi Sezer, the president of ENTA, an international company associated with clean drinking water and water treatment. Projects of potable water and treatment of polluted industrial water were discussed in the meeting.
The chief minister said that installation of modern plants for the treatment of toxic industrial water was essential and cooperation of a Turkish international company in this regard and also in provision of drinking water to the people would be welcomed. Provincial Minister for Housing Tanvir Aslam Malik, Planning and Development Board chairman, secretaries concerned, Lahore Development Authority chairman and officials of the Punjab Saaf Pani Company were also present.
CM takes notice of rape: Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of news items on rape of a 16-years-old girl and murder of her father by influential landlords in Hafizabad District and has sought a report from the district police officer (DPO). The suspects also ran over and injured the girl and her mother on seeking justice.
According to a handout, the chief minister directed the DPO that culprits involved in the molestation of the girl and running over the girl and her mother be arrested immediately and that stern action be taken against them as per law.
The chief minister said that justice would be provided to the family at any cost. He also ordered provision of best treatment facilities to the injured girl and her mother.
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