SIALKOT

A three-member joint investigation team (JIT) reached Sialkot and conducted an inquiry into an alleged encounter took place between the police and the newly elected vice chairman of Model Town Union Council and dozens of PML-N activists.

The police had resorted to baton-charge on vice chairman Malik Azmatullah and other political activists, and also registered a case against them for attacking the police, spreading terrorism and other henious crimes.

On the special directives of the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Rana Maqbool Ahmed, the special assistant to Punjab chief minister, led the joint investigating team. The team members listened to the public complaints at Jinnah Hall Sialkot Fort. They recorded statements of dozens of various people including Riazud Din Sheikh, group leader of Sialkot business community, Dr Nouman Idrees, former president of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman Mian Jehangir, Azmatullah Malik, vice chairman of UC Model Town, and Mian Suhail Iqbal.

Before the JIT, local people demanded stern legal action against District Police Officer Rai Ejaz Ahmed and other police officials and registration of cases against them for implicating the PML-N vice chairman and other local activists into cases.

The JIT was also told that on December 5,2015, the accused were coming to their office in Model Town Sialkot after winning the LB polls when the DPO and other police officials halted them on their way, exchanged harsh words and threatened them with dire consequences. Later, they also stormed into the office of the PML-N and resorted to baton charged on the vice chairman.

Several general councillors and other PML-N activists had been injured due to the baton charge, they alleged.

Later, the DPO took Azmatullah and eleven others including several general councillors and implicated them in a case for police encounter, attack on police, spreading terrorism and other henious crimes.

The JIT comprising Maqbool Ahmed, Faisal Shahkar, additional inspector general special branch Punjab, and Afzaal Mehmood Butt, senior superintendent of police, visited the Model Town where the incident occurred. The JIT will soon present its inquiry report to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for further action. The Punjab CM had taken very serious notice of the the incident.

ANTI-POLIO DRIVE FROM DEC 14: As many as 622,000 children under the age of five years including 7,668 nomad children will be given anti-polio vaccine at their doorsteps from December 14, 2015.

The district coordination officer of Sialkot stated while reviewing arrangements for the drive during a meeting. EDO (Health) Dr Javaid Warraich, EDO (Finance) Shuja Qutab, assistant commissioners of Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur also attended the meeting.

The DCO told the meeting that the nomad children living in 95 nomad localities had already been made part of anti-polio campaign.

The EDO said that 1,072 mobile teams will go door to door, 130 fixed teams at hospitals, BHUs and RHCs, 200 EPI centres, 55 transit teams at bus stops and 66 roaming teams would administer drops to the children.