LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that acts of barbarity and inhuman torture of the accused by the police is an outcome of the absence of a proper system of accountability in the Police Department, lack of supervision by senior officers and weaknesses at the level of police stations. The chief minister stated this while presiding over a high level meeting at Chief Ministers Secretariat, here Friday. Shahbaz Sharif said the practice of torturing the accused in the custody must now come to and end. He said such incidents should be condemned in the strongest terms. Violation of law by its custodians cannot be tolerated in any civilised society. The incidents at Hafizabad and Chiniot reflect the typical mindset of the police and the Punjab government has been endeavoring to change the same as well as Thana culture for the last two years, he added. He said political interference and favoritism caused irreparable damage to police structure during the last eight years but the repair work was being carried out. He said stern action under the law will be taken against the officials guilty of brutalities. He also issued instructions for setting up a special committee comprising political representatives and police officers to recommend short and long-term remedial measures for reformation of Thana Culture. He lauded the role of media in highlighting the incidents of torture by the police. Senior Provincial Advisor to the Chief Minister Punjab, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Senator Pervaiz Rasheed, Inspector General of Police, Secretary Prosecution, and other senior officers concerned were also present on the occasion.