LHC grills IGP on prize for arrest

CJ says it was job of police to apprehend motorway case suspect


Our Correspondent October 15, 2020
Punjab IGP Inam Ghani chairing a meeting. PHOTO: PUNJAB POLICE

LAHORE:

Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan on Wednesday grilled Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Inam Ghani on an announcement of Rs5 million prize by the provincial government for cops over the arrest of the prime suspect in the Sialkot motorway gang rape.

“Is it justified that prizes are being announced for cops over making arrests of culprits. Where do you want to take the police department? It means the police will not make an arrest until prizes are announced,” the CJ remarked. He asked if it was no the job of the police to arrest the suspect, Abid Malhi.

The judge observed that the police had failed in controlling law and order in the province and many officials seemed more interested in occupying property than ensuring protection of the people.

He said rape cases were common and proclaimed offenders were roaming freely.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 15th, 2020.

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