CM Buzdar orders formation of judicial commission in Salahuddin case

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has requested the Lahore High Court to form a judicial commission to investigate the tragic incident behind Salahuddin Ayubi’s death.

The provincial chief minister has written a letter to the top court, seeking formation in the matter, Buzdar’s spokesperson Dr Shahbaz Gill announced after social media demanded justice for Salahuddin over the brutal torture at the hands of Punjab police.

On Thursday, the Punjab inspector general (IG) also sacked Rahim Yar Khan district police officer from his post over Salahuddin’s custodial death.

Salahuddin’s father, Muhammad Afzaal, had lodged a case on Monday against three police officials over his son’s custodial death. The FIR was registered under sections 302 (punishment for murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Taking cognizance of the incident, Senate committee has also summoned IG and DPO Rahimyar Khan on September 12 concerning the torture in custody and murder of Salahuddin by Punjab Police.

Salahuddin was arrested when he was recognized by security officials in Rahim Yar Khan on Friday, after the video of him attempting to steal from an ATM in Faislabad and sticking his tongue out at the camera went viral.

Salahuddin died a day after he was taken into police custody. Police denied torture and claimed that the cause of his death was cardiac arrest.

No medical report was presented to back the claims.

Activists took cognizance of the gory abuse by the police after images showing clear bruises on his body were released by Salahuddin’s family.