CM Punjab visits tortured 10-year-old boy in Gujrat

Published: July 25, 2014
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Express News screengrab of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visiting the 10-year-old boy at the hospital.

Express News screengrab of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visiting the 10-year-old boy at the hospital.

GUJRAT: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited a 10-year-old boy, who was allegedly tortured by a landlord in Gujrat, at Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Hospital, and ordered IG Punjab to investigate the incident immediately, Express News reported on Friday.

On July 15, a landlord, identified as Ghulam Mustafa, had allegedly beat up the boy, burnt him with scalding hot water and chopped off his arms, following a dispute with the victim’s father over electricity theft in Gujrat.

Upset about the delay in the registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against the culprit, the Punjab chief minister reprimanded police officials.

Shahbaz further dismissed the concerned ASP, DSP and medical superintendent of the hospital.

Mustafa – who was arrested during a police raid – was also presented before anti-terrorism court today and sent on a 10-day physical remand.

Referring to the incident, Mustafa in court said that “he did not do it intentionally and it was mistake”.

Incident 

The landlord, after beating the boy, took him to a private hospital on Bhambar Road, where he tried to hush up the crime. He had also donated blood for the boy.

However, as the father of the boy found out about his son’s condition, he had tried to file an FIR against the landlord in the Cantt Gujrat police station. He had told The Express Tribune that SHO Shaukat Taupa said he could not file a case without a medical report.

After the Punjab chief minister took notice of the incident and ordered a report from top police officials, the police had finally filed a case; they had not requested a medical certificate in this case.

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  • Hassan
    Jul 25, 2014 - 1:08PM

    CM of gimmicks, nothing ever came out of his notices

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  • Chachoo
    Jul 25, 2014 - 1:21PM

    If Shahbaz Sharif really wants to do some productive stuff rather than these attention seeking stunts then he should work to develop a professional police infrastructure. The whole Punjab Police is like a Personal property of the powerful people and unless this institute will not be developed into a professional manner we will continue to witness such incidents.
    Also the whole Punjab Administration is now like the second name of Shahbaz Sharif. Other than Shahbaz Sharif we dont know that Punjab cabinet even exists. Where is the Law minister and local MNAs and MPAs?. This one man show in Punjab must come to an end at all costs.

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  • Sodomite
    Jul 25, 2014 - 1:34PM

    @Chachoo:
    Agree completely. CM Punjab is more a showman – ripping off microphones – than an able administrator. They should read about Lawrence, an East India Company man, who turned Punjab into a Model Province throughout India.

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  • mohammed
    Jul 25, 2014 - 1:44PM

    So CM takes another notice which we also know is just a PR stunt. Why doesn’t he create an independent Police force which can notices, but that would deprive the elite the power they enjoy.

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  • usman
    Jul 25, 2014 - 2:13PM

    In the end , the poor boy’s father will be forced ( by the punjab police ) to forgive the culprit and the case will go into the files. CM will be given a report and assurance of more votes from the landlord.

    This is the ugly truth and you should all just pray that it doesnt happen to you.

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  • Ann
    Jul 25, 2014 - 2:20PM

    Appreciate the man, at least he is doing something about it.

    I bet if this was in interior Sindh, no body would have cared. People are treated worse than animals.

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  • JAM
    Jul 25, 2014 - 2:21PM

    years of experience and still to system in place to file an FIR without CM orders.

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  • Nzaar
    Jul 25, 2014 - 2:30PM

    Trolls, let’s appreciate someone for at least making the effort, unlike the other lazy CMs.

    A professional police force is nirvana and not going to happen anytime soon. Let’s give credit where it’s due.

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  • Showbaz Sharif
    Jul 25, 2014 - 2:33PM

    If pmln had done anything to cleanse the law and order authority in Punjab during their 15 years of multiple tenures..nobody wud have dared doing this..HYPOCRITE!

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  • LHR
    Jul 25, 2014 - 2:48PM

    It is unfortunate what a savage landlord did to only a 10 year inncocent boy

    Havnt we become so heartless and savage ourselves?………….that if someone went to assure support to the victim we are criticizing him and completing ignoring the one who committed such henious crime?

    It is so unfortunate indeed……… but perhaps happens when we are involved in cult following …..the following of hatred and agitation all the time!

    GROW UP

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  • Jul 25, 2014 - 3:23PM

    Laptops, flyovers metro….these gonna build a nation? U could have done something to educate the poor kid so that he could know his rights or he could become a productive responsible citizen of pakistan…everything is for point scoring… he isn’t courageous enough to put a single culprit behind the bars…he visits rape victims regularly but they usually end uo burning themselves in front of police stations!!!!

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  • taimoor bhatti
    Jul 25, 2014 - 3:52PM

    police cannot and i repeat cannot register FIR without medical report it is in law

    why does mr showbaz sharif dismissed MS of hospital was he involved in incident.

    it is a shame that our nation is more interested in theatrics and gimmicks then proper nation building.

    and regarding that all of parties share the blame for not educating the masses and leading from behind

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  • mk
    Jul 25, 2014 - 4:01PM

    PR stunts can only take you so far. MAKE THE POLICE INDEPENDENT.

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  • salman
    Jul 25, 2014 - 4:04PM

    @Nzaar:
    Who says a professional police force is a nirvana? Even if it is, should we not be taking steps to head towards it? What has CM done in last 6 years on police reform?

    Imagine there is a dam that is faulty and overflows each monsoon and floods a village. Then the owner of the dam shows up and gives some food and materials to the villagers to rebuild, until it happens next monsoon. Should we appreciate the dam owner for being a caring man, or criticise him for not fixing the dam?

    I guess that is the difference between PMLN supporters and others. PMLN supporters see a photo opp and think everything is great….Recommend

  • John
    Jul 25, 2014 - 4:33PM

    The classical sub continent response of “visiting” the affected day after it happens.CM needs not to visit the tortured boy,its not his job decription,His job is to put a system in place where the FIR would have been lodged the first day but since The CM obviously wouldn’t want that kind of a system for their own good so he would rather fool the people with pulling off tricks and gimmicks like the one in the above picture.what a tool!

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  • Imran Ahmed
    Jul 25, 2014 - 5:18PM

    @taimoor bhatti: If this is true, and I doubt there is any such law that stops police from arresting a suspect for interrogation, the law should be changed.

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  • salman
    Jul 25, 2014 - 6:21PM

    @John:
    Very well put. The sad thing is that people do actually get fooled and think the CM is doing a great job.

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  • Haq Nawaz
    Jul 25, 2014 - 10:19PM

    If Shahbaz Sharif really wants to do some productive stuff rather than these attention seeking stunts then he should work to develop a professional police infrastructure. The whole Punjab Police is like a Personal property of the powerful people and unless this institute will not be developed into a professional manner we will continue to witness such incidents.
    Also the whole Punjab Administration is now like the second name of Shahbaz Sharif. Other than Shahbaz Sharif we dont know that Punjab cabinet even exists. Where is the Law minister and local MNAs and MPAs?. This one man show in Punjab must come to an end at all costs.Recommend

  • hellodrsoul
    Jul 25, 2014 - 11:15PM

    2nd tenure granted and the “progress” is below registering an FIR. Shame on the “one” responsible for heading the system for so long.

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  • Jawaid
    Jul 26, 2014 - 12:59AM

    There should be a check on the police. An independent body that deals with complaints against the police like non registration of FIRs, torture, extortion. Moreover, civilian government employees above grade 20 should be given power to take notice of police abuses and report them to this body.

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  • Anon
    Jul 26, 2014 - 1:39AM

    So basically, it seems every single crime that takes place in Punjab requires the CM to personally appear and tell the police to arrest the culprit….

    Yup… sounds like good governance to me…

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  • SK
    Jul 26, 2014 - 3:45AM

    @Nzaar:
    Punjab’s CM atleast has more credibility in such matters unlike the heartless and mute CM’s
    Of other provinces. The nation complements Mr Sharif for taking actions against abettors and perpetuators on such occasions and provide relief to the victims.

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  • Aysha M
    Jul 26, 2014 - 3:46PM

    Intolerance available in all sorts of disgusting forms in PakistanRecommend

  • Ek Pakistani
    Jul 28, 2014 - 1:48PM

    No need to do any sort of investigation. The guy should be punished in front of public

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