LAHORE, May 13 (APP): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif here on Saturday said that Imran Niazi was responsible for the barbaric act of torching of Corps Commander House in Lahore as he planned and instigated the act of arson.
Talking to the media during his visit to the Jinnah House, the prime minister said the planners, instigators and abettors behind the attack would not be given any relief.
He said the Jinnah House was the home of Corps Commander Lahore which was tragically and cruelly burnt on May 9.
The rioters attacked and set the house on fire, he said adding that the arsonists did not care that it was a historical building and the army officer and his family were living there.
The building was inhabited by the son of the soil who was on duty to protect his motherland, he remarked. “This was a cruel and anti-state act which never happened before in the 75 years’ history of the country.”
The prime minister said that he was saddened while talking about the incident. Nobody could even think that such an incident would happen. The nation was feeling shame and was grieving over the episode, he added.
He said those who had perpetrated the act would be brought to justice. Such elements would be dealt with iron hands and the long arm of the law would catch them to give exemplary punishment according to the law and the Constitution and it would be remembered by the world for a long time.
Shehbaz Sharif said the barbaric act was committed against those sons of the soil who were eradicating terrorism for maintaining peace in the country.
It was an act against those who sacrificed their lives to protect the country’s borders and their wives became widows and their children became orphans, he added.
During his visit to the Combined Military Hospital and the Services Hospital Lahore, the prime minister inquired after the well-being of the officers, including Deputy Inspector General Operations Ali Nasir Rizvi and other police personnel who were wounded while performing their duties during the rioting.
Caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi, and senior army and civil officers accompanied the prime minister.