ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday summoned the police officer who was in-charge of the Kasur district when a Christian couple was brutally murdered by a mob last year in November.
Rejecting the Punjab police report in the suo motu case regarding the lynching case, the Supreme Court has summoned then DPO Kasur Jawwad Qamar and ASI Abdul Rasheed on January 29 about their failure to secure the deceased couple.
The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk also expressed concern over the failure of Punjab police in arresting the cleric who had incited the people to kill the Christian couple.
The chief justice remarked that at least police could have resorted to aerial firing to disperse the crowd to save the couple.
During the hearing, the chief justice asked that who was deputed as DPO at that time and where he is deployed now. Additional Advocate General Razaq A Mirza submitted that the officer is performing duty in counter terrorism department.
Upon this, the chief justice said that when he could not secure one couple, how he would counter terrorism.
Meanwhile, submitting an application regarding the incident, the owner of brick-kiln told the Supreme Court that he had given prior information to the local police about the possibility of a mob attack on the Christian couple, but they avoided taking any responsibility.
The bench directed the police to collect the phone record regarding the communication of petitioner with police official. The hearing of case is adjourned until January 29.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2015.
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