Chief Justice seeks Punjab police encounters’ one-year report

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CJP Saqib Nisar

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar Sunday took a suo motu notice of police encounters in Punjab and directed the police chief to submit a report in a week on the total encounters conducted during last one year.
The orders came as a three-member apex court bench began hearing its suo motu case on several issues of public welfare, including provision of clean drinking water. Chief Minister Shahbaz was also present in the court room on this occasion.
The chief justice also directed the provincial authorities to remove barricades outside Nawaz’s Jati Umra residence, Shahbaz’s Model Town residence, Governor House,, Jamia Al Qadsia, Aiwan-e-Iqbal, and other areas.
When the officials gave security concerns for barricades, the chief justice remarked, “I have threats too, you should alert your forces”.
He remarked that authorities should not keep the chief minister confined at home, observing that the “CM is an awaami aadmi [man of the people], he should say Shahbaz Sharif is not scared of anyone”.
The court ordered the home department officials to assure the court that the barricades will be removed by tonight.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah also accompanied Sharif to the court.

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