LAHORE - Families of Kasur incident victims met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, yesterday.

According to an official handout, the affectees announced ending their boycott of the investigation of Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and pledged to extend their full cooperation in the inquiry.

Talking to the affectees, the chief minister announced immediately withdraw the cases registered against the protesters and directed the IGP to take necessary legal action in this regard.

Shahbaz Sharif said that the Kasur incident was lamentable and painful, and had it not been mishandled by the police or negligence not been shown the situation would not have reached this point.

The chief minister told the victim families that Additional IG Special Branch had been transferred from his post for his ignorance about the matter while DPO Kasur had been transferred and made an as OSD due to mishandling of the case.

The chief minister further said that JIT had been constituted to hold an inquiry into the matter and besides police it also comprised representatives of Federal Intelligence Bureau and ISI.

He said that the inquiry team had been directed to stay in Kasur and hold complete investigation. He said that the facts would be made public and justice would be ensured. He said that he had deep sympathies with the affectees and would fulfill his promise of upholding justice.

The chief minister said that stern action would also be taken against the elements showing negligence towards this tragic incident or hiding the facts. He said that action would be taken against the guilty persons irrespective of their influence.

“Justice will be provided to the victims at any cost. No hurdle will be tolerated in the provision of justice and stern action will be taken against anyone trying to hinder this process,” the CM held.

The chief minister promised to the affectees that provision of justice to them was his responsibility which he would discharge at any cost. He said that he was deeply grieved over the sad incident and wanted to come to them but could not do so due to some reasons but he had been personally monitoring this issue.

He said that the guilty persons will not be able to escape justice. The chief minister further said that as soon as the matter came to his notice, he sent a committee and now he is personally monitoring this case.

He said that JIT will stay in Kasur till the completion of the investigation process. The chief minister further said that he fully sympathies with the affectees and justice will soon be ensured.

He said that in order to uphold justice, the cases registered against the affectees during protest were being immediately withdrawn and instructions had been issued to IG Police in this regard. He said that no one will be allowed to influence the case and the perpetrators will be taken to task while full protection will be provided to the affectees.

He said that arrangements for the education of children will also be made and if necessary, they will be provided education facility in Lahore. The lawyer of the affectees Latif Sra and the affectees announced to end their boycott of the inquiry team and said that they will participate in the investigation of JIT. The parents of the affected children informed the chief minister about the details of the tragic incident and demanded justice.

Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sana Ullah, Members National and Provincial Assembly from Kasur, Sh. Wasim Akhtar, Malik Rasheed, Ahmad Khan, Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan, Malik Ahmad Saeed Khan, Inspector General Police, Secretary Home, Commissioner Lahore Division, RPO Sheikhupura, DPO Kasur, DCO Kasur and concerned authorities attended the meeting.

Lawyer of affectees Advocate Latif Sra, plaintiff Mubeen Ghaznavi and other affectees were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif presided over a meeting yesterday which reviewed the progress into the case of suicide attack on Provincial Home Minister Col (r) Shuja Khanzada Shaheed in Attock. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said that the elements responsible for attack on Col (r) Shuja Khanzada would be brought to justice and they would not be able to escape the law. The chief minister directed concerned authorities to arrest those who planned the attack on Shuja Khanzada as soon as possible and concerned institutions should accelerate their efforts in this regard.

He said that the martyrdom of Shuja Khanzada was a big loss and the supreme sacrifice of Shuja Khanzada would not go waste. Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah, Inspector General Police, Secretary Home and concerned authorities attended the meeting.