Farishta’s killers to be brought to justice: Firdous

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ISLAMABAD, May 23 (APP):Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Thursday said the culprits involved in the murder of Farishta would be brought to justice and the black sheep in the police department would also face the music for their negligence in the case.

The minister was talking here to media persons during her visit to the house of the 10-year old girl, who had been murdered a few days back.

She said reforms would be initiated to improve the police and justice system according to the demands of present times and to better tackle such incidents in future.

Prime Minister Imran Khan was striving to bring reforms in the paralyzed system, she added.

She said she came to assure the victim family of the government’s support. Farishta was the daughter of the nation, and the injustice and cruelty done to her was evidence of the challenges faced by the society.

The special assistant said Prime Minister Imran Khan was making efforts to reform institutions and change the mindset of persons working in them regarding social issues.

“The unfortunate incident is a matter of concern as it shows that our traditions have fallen apart, our challenges have increased and our relation with the religion has weakened. Our sisters and daughters are falling victims to the deteriorating values in society.”

She said the government and the prime minister shared grief of the family and “we think that in order to stop such incidents, the existing gaps in laws needed to be removed”.

The weaknesses in implementation of present laws needed to be identified, she stressed.

Dr Firdous said the prime minister took immediate action on the incident and made decisions which were to be taken at the Inspector General Police and lower level.

The gaps in registration of FIR, postmortem, investigation and recovery of the child pointed to the weak system.

“We need to strengthen the system and follow a strategy to implement the laws.”

She said the family should be consoled but the occasion should not be used for political purposes.

The politicians would get other occasions for doing politics, she said adding in the guise of politics, the occasion should not be used to attack and undermine institutions of national security, and dignity and image of the country.

She condemned those who were using the occasion to attack state security institutions.

She prayed that Allah Almighty might grant fortitude to the family to bear the tragic loss. “These are painful moments for the grieving family. Such incidents are a test case for the justice system.”

She said problems in the justice system made it difficult for the victims to get remedy. Efforts would be made to legislate more laws if necessary, besides setting the direction for implementing the existing ones, she added.

Dr Firdous asked the media to highlight the miseries and bitter realities of the society but honour and right to life of a family in the society should not be taken away. The biggest sufferers in such incidents were family members and they should be protected, she added.