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Head of Entire Nation Hangs in Shame Over Heinous Crime: CJP

Lahore (January 10, 2018): Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar, expressing condolences over the brutal rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur, remarked that the head of the entire nation hangs in shame over the heinous incident.

He made the remarks while hearing the case of Al Razi Medical College, Peshawar earlier today.

A three-member bench headed by the CJP conducted hearing of the case pertaining to the affiliation of Al-Razi Medical College.

CJP said that Kasur incident is an embarrassment for the entire country as Zainab was their daughter too.The chief justice observed that although [the nation is in] grief and anger, there is still no justification for the lawyers’ strike.

My wife is even more aggrieved than I am over the heinous crime, Chief Justice Nisar remarked.

He insisted that lawyers may stage protest against the brutal killing but should not boycott court proceedings as the litigants will suffer from this.

Commenting on the case, CJP said that he wanted such a team of doctors that can conduct inspection of medical colleges.The Punjab Bar Council announced a complete boycott of courts today, as lawyers demanded the immediate arrest of the minor’s killer(s).

Talking to Aitzaz Ahsan, he pronounced that lawyers’ movement could not run without him while his same role is also needed on the matter of medical colleges.

The CJP said that the movement also had negative results as the judges became arrogant while the lawyers turned violent. “Arrogance is a menace and the death of a judge. I also request the lawyers to leave the way of violence,” he said.

He had taken a suo motu notice on Wednesday, after the brutal discovery of the rape and murder of Zainab sparked nationwide public outrage.

He also ordered the Punjab Inspector General of Police to submit a report to the court within 24 hours.

The court adjourned the hearing in the case till next week.Earlier that day, responding to the parents’ appeal, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa issued directives for all-out support to the civil administration to arrest the criminals and bring them to exemplary justice.

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah also took notice of the incident and summoned reports from the Kasur sessions judge and police officials.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif constituted a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) headed by Additional Inspector-General Abubakar Khuda Bakhsh.The JIT, which also includes officials from the Inter-Services Intelligence and the Intelligence Bureau, was ordered to submit its report within 24 hours.

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