RAWALPINDI: The Punjab provincial government has formed a fact finding committee on the Rawalpindi incident and interrogate all-rank police officials in this regard, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan said on Monday.
He said that the strict action would be taken against those, responsible for the incident after the report of the fact finding committee, adding that 10 persons were killed and 56 others were injured in the clash.
The erring police officials will be given punishment as per rules, Minister said while addressing a news conference here.
He also informed the media about the names of the killed persons. He said identity of eight out of ten persons has been established and they include Tallat, Muhammad Anwar, Majid, Abdul Khaliq, Tariq, Rehmat Shah, Habibur Rehman and Muhammad Umar.
The provincial government has also formed a three-member committee to examine losses of properties in Friday’s violence in Rawalpindi adding the body would report to chief minister in 24 hours.
In the light of committee recommendation and facts, the affected citizens and traders would be given compensation by the government, the minister said.
Rana Sanaullah said that the provincial government has formed a committee to examine losses of properties damaged during the clash between two groups on Friday. He said that the committee would present its report in 48 hours.
Rana Sanuallah said that Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has constituted a three-member body under Najam Saeed to determine property damages.
About Friday’s incident, the minister said nearly 150 people attending a mourning procession attacked a mosque in Raja Bazar which triggered the clash. He did not elaborate on it any further, saying that the matter is sub-judice. He said that the government would repair the affected mosque.
Provincial law minister expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives, and appreciated media coverage on Rawalpindi incident, saying that media played a ‘responsible’ role.
The minister said a fact-finding committee is formed separately to ascertain wheatear or not the local administration and police fulfilled their responsibilities. “However, if anyone found guilty of negligence he will be punished.”
About death toll in the incident, the minister said ten people lost their lives while 56 were injured, of them 32 were discharged from hospital after initial medical treatment.
“These are the actual facts and figures which should not be exaggerated at all.”
He said that all the facts regarding Rawalpindi incident will be made public and the culprits will be brought to justice at all costs.
Deploring the loss of precious lives in the incident‚ Rana Sanaullah said the death toll has risen to 10 with the expiry of one injured today in the hospital.
The fact-finding commission has also been formed with the task to interrogate junior to senior level police officials, he said, adding that those found involved in negligence will be disciplined as per rules. He alleged that the clash was the result of a conspiracy.
Sanaullah has said the government was assessing the damage to property in the Rawalpindi incident to pay compensation to those affected. He said that the committee is headed by PML-N MNA Malik Abrar Ahmed. He said that all the affectees would be given compensation without any discrimination of trader or vendor.