Punjab govt decides to form JIT to probe attack on Imran

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Standing Committee of Cabinet on Law and Order (SCCLO) decided to form Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe attack on Chairman PTI Imran Khan near Wazirabad last week. Provincial Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Environment Protection and Cooperatives Muhammad Basharat Raja chaired the meeting through video link from Rawalpindi.

Chief Minister’s Advisor Home Umer Sarfraz Cheema, Chief Secretary Punjab Abdullah Khan Sumbal and other officials participated the meeting from civil secretariat.

The cabinet body reviewed in detail the security arrangements for the next phase of PTI’s long march starting today (Thursday).

DIG Operations Punjab gave a briefing about security plan hatched by the police. The meeting decided that Additional Inspector General Highway Patrol Punjab Riyaz Nazir Garrah will lead the JIT while other members will include representatives from concerned security agencies. The cabinet committee also decided that senior PTI leaders present on the container will be provided with the same security reserved for former prime minister Imran Khan. Chairman Committee Muhammad Basharat Raja directed that the police and district administration of the concerned district should keep in touch with the local leadership of PTI to avoid any untoward incident in future.

“Unnecessary presence of vehicles near the container will be prevented”, vowed the chair.

He said that in the wake of the Wazirabad incident, bullet-proof rostrum and glass will be mandatorily installed on the long march container. He said that deployment of snipers and other security arrangements should not be neglected on the buildings located near the route.

The committee, while reviewing the situation in other areas including Rawalpindi, decided that the obstacles in the way of the motorways will be removed soon; especially the PTI leadership will be talked to give way to the vehicles of honorable judges.

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