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PM wants miscreants involved in vandalising Corps Commander House arrested within 72 hours

"The people involved in terrorist incidents will be punished according to law," Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says

By Usman Bhatti
May 13, 2023
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif presides a meeting at the Safe City office in Lahore on May 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/PTV News
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif presides a meeting at the Safe City office in Lahore on May 13, 2023, in this still taken from a video. — YouTube/PTV News

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Saturday directed authorities to arrest all culprits of the recent violent protests across the country within the next 72 hours.

The prime minister's directives came after his visit to the vandalised Lahore Corps Commander House where he extended solidarity with the country's military leadership. He later also paid a visit to the Services Hospital to meet with the injured personnel.

The military official’s residence, also known as Jinnah House, was attacked by violent protestors after arrest of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in the Al Qadir trust case on May 09.

"All the criminals and attackers should be arrested in the next 72 hours. All those who incited, helped, contributed to the chaos should be arrested within 72 hours," he said, while presiding a meeting at the Safe City office in Lahore, where he was briefed by Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi about the province's law and order situation with the aim to take important decisions about maintaining peace.

Those involved in terrorist incidents, the premier said, will be convicted according to law adding that such kind of terrorism is unacceptable and miscreants will be dealt with "iron hands." Meanwhile, he also spoke about action against those involved in planning of the attacks.

PM Shehbaz shared that Jinnah House has been burnt down completely, adding that the whole nation is in grief with that happened.

“Terrible events in the history of Pakistan took place on May 9. Corps Commander House is the historic Jinnah House and seeing it [in such a condition] is disheartening,” said the PM.

Attacking his predecessor Imran Khan, the PM said that the former prime minister and his “mob” are not less than anti-Pakistan elements.

“What terrorist could not do in 75 years, the PTI miscreants were able to do it. Government property was damaged under a plan,” said the PM.

The premier also regretted that the martyr’s memorial was also damaged and called for the trial be held against the miscreants in anti-terrorism courts.

“If anti-terrorism courts have to be opened at night to punish the criminals, then they should be opened,” urged the PM and directed the police and the administration to immediately arrest the miscreants as the “whole situation is unacceptable”.

The premier in the meeting also directed Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar to increase the number of anti-terrorism courts.

Earlier today, the premier and interim CM Naqvi also visited the injured law enforcement personnel including Deputy Inspector-General of Police Ali Nasir Rizvi at the Services Hospital, where he had his eye operated, which was hit by stone-pelting during angry PTI supporters' protests.

After the PTI chief was taken into custody on May 9, protestors barged into the Jinnah House in Lahore, which is the residence of Lahore corps commander, to demand the release of their leader.

Reacting to the vandalism by protestors, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said May 9 — the day when chaos gripped the nation — would go down in history as a "dark chapter".

“Soon after [Khan’s arrest], there were organised attacks on army properties and installations and anti-army slogans were raised,” the military’s media wing said.

The PTI, however, denied involvement in the violence that ensued terming ISPR statement “against ground realities”.

"We believe in achieving our goals by remaining peaceful, non-violent, and adhering to the Constitution and law. PTI has always discouraged deviance from the Constitution and law," a statement released by the party read.

Following the attack on the General Headquarters (GHQ) and ransacking of the Lahore Corps Commander’s home, authorities have registered cases against senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders.