SARGODHA/MANDI BAHAUDDIN/LAHORE- Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday ordered the police to immediately arrest the perpetrators who killed eight members of a family in Bhalwal and said such persons are stigma on the face of humanity.

Talking to the bereaved members of the family, the CM also pledged to bring the murderers to justice. Flanked by the Punjab inspector general of police, Mr Shahbaz directed to deploy police commandos at the houses of survived members of the family on their request for provision of security from the killers who are still at large. He directed the police to apprehend the criminals within hours instead of taking days so that the demands of justice could be fulfilled at the earliest.

He distributed Rs500,000 cheques to each heir of the victims. He also ordered to transfer the disputed property to the legal heirs of the victim family in accordance with the law.

Separately, the chief minister visited Lakha Kadhar Garbi, a village in Qadirabad, tehsil Phalia, and condoled with the heirs of Dilawar Advocate and his friend Abdur Rehman who were gunned down over an old enmity the other day. 

The chief minister gave Rs500,000 to the heirs of each victim. He also directed the Gujranwala regional police officer and Mandi Bahauddin district police officer to arrest the accused at the earliest and add terrorism clauses in the FIR. However, the police have arrested three accused out of four nominated in the FIR. Social circles have expressed grave concern over the lackluster performance of the police. They said the inefficiency of the police had reached a point that the chief minister head the province had to visit the places of occurrence to ensure justice. Another report adds: the chief minister directed the police to utilise every means to protect life and property of the citizens as well as maintain law and order which is the prime responsibility of his government. He emphatically directed the police to put up their best to keep peace in the society and to eliminate crime and bring the criminal elements to justice.  Anyone who plays with the life of the citizens will be strictly dealt with, the Chief Minister warned after condoling with the families of Dilawar Hussain and two other youth who were killed on Eid in village Kidher Gharbi in Tehsil Phalia.

Sympathising with the families of the deceased, the chief minister said that the ruthless murderers had deprived the society of a brilliant and talented student. He directed police officers to nab the criminals as no laxity would be tolerated in this regard. He assured the heirs of the deceased persons of justice.

It may be mentioned that the deceased Dilawar Hussain had topped in law examination in Sargodha University and also received a laptop from the chief minister.