LAHORE - The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday rebuked the SSP (Investigation) for not arresting culprits of attacking a woman and snatching her valuables.

Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh was hearing a bail petition filed by Amir Sheikh in a case registered with the Shahdara police.

Following the court notice, the SSP, Babar Bakhat Qureshi, appeared and tried to convince the court saying that he had tried his best to locate the culprits but to no avail.

He said they had also contacted the victim woman but neither she nor any eyewitness could help the police in getting any clue about the culprits.

At this the judge said what would have he (SSP) done if it was happened with his own daughter. The judge went to say that he (SSP) was behaving like an investigation office but not as a responsible officer. “The constitution has decorated you with stars on your shoulders and you are wearing this uniform for supremacy of the rule of law,” the judge to the SSP.

“It is your inability by stating your failure in tracing out the accused. It shows that you do not deserve this uniform,” the judge said. The judge deferred the hearing for some time and left the courtroom for attending the proceedings of full bench. The hearing was not resumed after the proceedings of full bench that ended about 2’o clock.

Police had registered an FIR on complaint of Rizwan Akhtar Rana stating that his sister Robina Naz was going to school when two bike riders hit her and took her bag containing mobile phone, jewelry and cash besides fracturing her both legs.

The police had arrested Muhammad Malik for having the mobile phone of the victim. Malik informed the police that he had purchased the mobile phone from Amir Sheikh, an owner of the mobile shop. After this he had approached the court for pre arrest bail which the court had granted and directed the police to investigate the matter on merit.

REPLY SOUGHT: A division bench of LHC sough reply from the federal government and others on an inter court appeal (ICA) of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman Farooq Awan against his suspension by a single bench.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of LHC on December 31 had declared his appointment unlawful. The appellant contended that he was appointed as chairman of the authority after the approval by the prime minister. He said there was nothing illegal in his appointment as all rules and regulations were also followed during the appointment. He requested to set aside the single bench order and issue direction for his reinstatement as PTA chairman. A divisional bench headed by Justice Ijazul Ahsan issued notice to federal government and others to submit reply until February 24.