KARACHI: Ghinwa Bhutto, Chairperson, Pakistan People’s Party (SB) said on Wednesday that in the afternoon of 17th June killings in Lahore, Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif in a press conference had admitted that excessive force was used by his police.
Shahbaz himself raised the question with the media as to how could eight persons be made to lose their lives in an operation to clear some barricades, she said in a statement.
According to the media, the doctors who received the bodies of the victims stated that many of the dead were shot in the head or chest. “The question is who gave the special order to the police that had to shoot to kill, the norm being to shoot at the legs and lower.”
Ghinwa said the government of Punjab should accept the responsibility of the use of excessive force and consider accepting direct blame on itself. Making police officials as scapegoat will not do. The people demand action against those politically responsible, she added.
“Why was this time chosen to remove the barricades erected to prevent an explosive laden truck to bomb and destroy the headquarters of the Tehreek when all over the country security is being tightened to prevent terrorist like attacks.”
She said Pakistan People’s Party was deeply grieved over brutal killings and wounding of the PAT workers at the hands of Punjab Police on June 17, 2014. The party offers condolences to the political workers and activists through Allama Tahirul Qadri, she said.
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