SC warns of suo motu notice if FIR of attack on Imran not registered in 24 hours

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday directed Punjab police chief Faisal Shahkar to register a first information report (FIR) of the gun attack on PTI chief Imran Khan within 24 hours.

The PTI chief was injured during a gun attack while leading the party’s long march in Punjab’s Wazirabad on November 3. A PTI supporter, Muazzam Nawaz, was killed in the incident while 14 others, including Imran, were wounded.

The matter was raised at the hearing of a contempt plea filed by the interior ministry against Imran for allegedly flouting a May 25 order of the apex court that defined the limits for the party’s ‘Azadi March’ gathering in Islamabad at the time.

During the hearing, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial warned of taking suo motu notice if the FIR of the attack was not registered.

He also asked Punjab inspector general (IG), who joined the hearing from the SC’s Lahore registry via video link, why the FIR was not registered.

“Tell us when the FIR will be registered,” he said, adding that there should a concrete reason for not registering the FIR.

CJP Bandial observed that it had been 90 hours since the attack and yet, no FIR was registered.

“How will an investigation be initiated without it? And without an FIR, even evidence can be altered,” he added.

IG Shahkar — who has decided to part ways with the Punjab government and refused to work with the current political setup in the province led by Chief Minister Parvez Elahi — informed the court that “we have spoken to the Punjab CM regarding the registration of the FIR and he has expressed some reservations”.

He further said an FIR should also be registered on the complaint of the heirs of the man who was killed in the incident.

Shahkar remarked that Punjab had seen “eight IG’s being replaced in four years”.

At that, the CJP remarked, “Don’t tell us what options the police have … the criminal justice system and delivery of justice is our topmost priority.

“Work according to the law, the court is with you,”

The CJP then directed directing the IG to get officials to probe the matter, assuring that nobody would interfere in his work till the time he was posted as the IG.

“IG sahib, you do your job. If someone interferes, the court would interfere in their work,” he said.

Warning of taking a suo motu notice if the FIR was not registered, the CJP said, “IG sahib, you will be answerable in the sou motu notice.

“There was an attempt to kill a national leader, realise the sensitivity of the matter. Investigate, collect evidence and get a forensic [analysis] done.”