LAHORE - A 5th grader, Tabasam Shehzad, whose both hands were chopped off by an influential landlord of Gujrat, met Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at CM House yesterday.

Ghulam Mustafa, a local landlord of village Chak Bhola, had cut off both the hands of Tabasam Shehzad after a dispute with his father last July.

Police registered a case against Ghulam Mustafa under sections 324 and 334 of the Pakistan Penal Code on the basis of the medico-legal report.

Shahbaz Sharif had visited Tabasam Shehzad in the hospital and announced to bear all expenses on the treatment, rehabilitation and education of the child.

Yesterday, the chief minister assured the poor boy’s father that the savages who made his child disabled will be given exemplary punishment. “Such beasts deserve no mercy,” he said.

The CM announced free education for Tabasam Shehzad in DPS School in his hometown or if he wanted to study in any school of Lahore, he would be facilitated. “Punjab government will also arrange artificial limbs for him,” he added. Shahbaz Sharif, on the occasion, directed the authorities to deposit the amount required for artificial limbs in the account. Tabasam will get artificial arms with this sum when he will reach the age of 17 years as, according to a medical board, artificial limbs cannot be fixed before this age.

The government will also pursue the case in anti-terrorism court, the CM promised.

On the request of Tabasam Shehzad and his father, Shahbaz Sharif also announced free education for Tabasam’s brother besides protection for the family. He also ordered strict legal action against the elements threatening the family.

On this occasion, the student Tabasam Shehzad wrote “Chief Minister Punjab Office” on a piece of paper with his foot.

The Chief Minister also inquired from the concerned authorities about the progress of the case and directed that the case should be followed effectively so that maximum punishment could be ensured to the culprits.