RAWALPINDI: The Punjab government has constituted several committees to investigate Raja Bazaar incidents during Ashura.
Among the committees formed to probe the incident is a Fact Finding Committee, a Joint Investigation Team and a Judicial Commission to probe the carnage in Rawalpindi on November 15 and fix responsibilities against those who showed criminal negligence.
At a press conference on Monday, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said law and order situation is being created under a well-planned conspiracy only in Punjab. He said the government will investigate the incident thoroughly and will make the reports public.
Several teams to investigate the incident
The minister said that a Fact Finding Committee (FFC) will fix responsibilities on who showed criminal negligence on the day. It will also review the duties of commissioner, City Police Officer, District Coordination Officer and other police officers.
The committee will have seven days to prepare its.
The FFC will be led by the Chief Ministers’ Inspection Team head Najam Saeed and includes Secretary Prosecution Nadeem Irshad Kiyani and Additional Inspector General (investigation) Muhammad Amlesh.
A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) led by SSP (security) Dar Ali Khattak, who was on duty when the clashes took place, will also investigate the carnage in light of an FIR registered and take action against those who showed criminal negligence.
There were objections from the press over the inclusion SSP security Dar Ali Khattak, SP Rawal Jumat Shah Bukhari in the JIT since it raised questions on the impartiality of an investigation into an incident in which they were themselves culpable.
A Judicial Commission (JC) led by Lahore High Court judge Justice Mamoon Rasheed Sheikh will also probe the incident. They will submit a report to the chief minister.
Another committee has also been set up to asses the damage to public property within 48 hours. Its report will be submitted to the minister.
The committee is being led by Member National Assembly Malik Ibrar and includes Muhammad Hanif Abbasi, Sardar Naseem, Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce President Dr Shamail Khwaja and a representative of traders Arshad Awan.
The committee will be monitored by the Law minister Sanaullah.
The minister also asked mediamen to share details of damage they sustained during the clashes to receive compensation.