LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the provincial police chief of Punjab to probe the incident of alleged aerial firing and torture of policemen at the hands of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA-elect Malik Nadeem Abbas Bara and his supporters in Lahore.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing a suo motu case pertaining to the firing and torture incident at the apex court’s Lahore registry.
He directed the Inspector General of Punjab police to probe the incident completely and submit a report in this regard.
Justice Nisar observed that the IGP is an honest man and will thoroughly probe the matter, adding that he, therefore, wrap up the suo motu proceedings.
A state lawyer informed that most of the accused involved in the case have been rounded up and remanded in police custody for questioning.
The MPA-elect’s lawyer claimed the firing incident took place somewhere else, but police implicated and arrested his client along with his men. The SP concerned of the area got registered a fake case against Mr. Abbas and his supporters due to his personal grudge, he alleged.
According to police, supporters of the PTI leader, who won a provincial assembly seat, PP-161, allegedly indulged in celebratory gunfire and aerial firing at his guest house. When the policemen, who were patrolling the area, attempted to stop them, the accused along with his men held the policemen hostage and beat them up.