Shehbaz apologises for his remarks on motorway gang rape case

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif has apologized for his ‘insensitive’ remarks on the Lahore motorway gang-rape incident.

“Since this incident took place at the Sialkot motorway, I think it won’t be inappropriate to say that this motorway was also built under Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s supervision by the PML-N,” Shehbaz had said during his NA speech.

Shehbaz’s remarks had been slammed on social media by the Pakistanis, who criticized the former Punjab chief minister for claiming credit for building the motorway instead of focusing on the crime and how to prevent it from happening again.

On a social media post today, Shehbaz said he was “sincerely sorry” for his remarks that came across as sensitive.

He further said, “Couldn’t properly contextualize my comment during NA speech & it came across as insensitive. I didn’t mean it that way & am sincerely sorry for it.”

“I’m devastated like all of u on this unfortunate incident. Hope govt now provides security on Sialkot motorway 4 safety of citizens!” he added.

Immediately after his speech, federal minister Murad Saeed said that he accepted responsibility for the crime even though it had not taken place at the motorway.

Murad had expressed disappointment at Shehbaz’s remarks, stating that it was unfortunate how the PML-N president was claiming credit for building the motorway and the forensic lab where the tests were conducted. 

Earlier, a horrific incident of gang raped occurred on the Lahore motorway where a woman was brutally raped in front of her three children after her car ran out of fuel at midnight and she had called her husband for help.

Two suspects from a nearby village broke the car’s mirror assaulted her. The news of the incident sent shockwaves and has reignited a new debate on women’s safety in public.

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