CM’s prerogative to remove CCPO Lahore: Raja Basharat

LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat has said that the government and chief minister were aware of the demand to remove Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) and ousting or keeping him on the post was the Chief Minister’s prerogative.

The statement came while speaking to the journalists at the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway, where the incident took place. Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had appointed the provincial law minister as head of the constituted committee.

Earlier, while talking to a private news channel, CCPO Lahore Umar Sheikh blamed the victim of motorway gang-rape for choosing the wrong route and for leaving the home late at night.

“I said this last night that I don’t agree with CCPO statement and that it was inappropriate,” he said, adding that right now the committee’s total focus is to catch the culprits.

He said, “If at this time, we get tangled in administrative matters then we will not be able to achieve our target.”

Commenting on the incident, he said that the motorway gang rape was a blind incident with no evidence. “There is no overt evidence to take the matter forward. We will have to develop the evidence through an investigation,” the law minister added.

“There is a special committee formed by the IGP which is probing the incident under which about 28 teams are working. They are looking at the case from various angles,” he remarked.

He also said that the provincial government was responsible for the safety of the women. “We will put forward recommendations to the chief minister so that such incidents do not occur in the future,” he concluded.

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