Lahore motorway gang-rape: LHC lambastes Punjab police over ‘failed’ patrolling system

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“Does your province end after Lahore” LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan asks, ordering IG Punjab to patrol streets himself. The News/through Geo.television/Files

LAHORE: The patrolling system of Punjab police had “failed” to guard residents, the Lahore High Court (LHC) remarked on Wednesday, slamming authorities through the listening to of case associated to the September 9 gang-rape that sparked anger and protests calling for public hanging of rapists.

Speaking throughout a listening to on petitions to kind a judicial fee to analyze the case, LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan requested authorities what number of hours the inspector-general of police (IGP) for Punjab patrolled day by day.

“Tell me how many days and when the IGP Punjab patrols (the streets),” the decide requested. “Senior police officers should be seen patrolling at night in each district from 11pm-1am,” he remarked.

Deputy inspector-general (DIG) of police for authorized affairs, Jawad Ahmad Dogar, additionally made an look through the listening to and introduced a report back to the courtroom.

“What has been presented in the report? What is the plan?” the decide requested. To which police officers mentioned the small print of the prevailing system have been supplied. “We already have a patrolling system,” they informed the courtroom.

At this, the decide mentioned: “Your patrolling system has failed!”

“IGP Punjab should be on the streets himself. Does your province end after Lahore?” he requested.

“Can the government pay compensation to those killed on the road?”

“I want security for the people,” Chief Justice Khan mentioned. “The government is bound to protect citizens under the Constitution.”

The LHC’s prime decide mentioned if he was not punctual himself, he wouldn’t be ready to query the civil decide of Taunsa. “If I don’t work in my court, I can’t assign tasks to the Taunsa civil judge,” he mentioned.

The courtroom then ordered an implementation report back to be introduced by IGP Punjab Inam Ghani and Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umar Sheikh.

It additionally summoned the attorneys of each side to current their arguments on the subsequent listening to.