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Left: Federal Minister Murad Saeed Right: Leader of the Opposition within the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif. Photo: Geo News screengrabISLAMABAD: The treasury and opposition benches on Monday exchanged heated phrases over the motorway rape case, with Leader of the Opposition within the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif accusing the federal government of appointing incompetent officers which led to a surge in crimes. “When the entire nation was grief-stricken, the government was involved in discussing under whose jurisdiction the motorway falls,” he mentioned. “The entire world has never witnessed such a shameful incident before where a police officer was questioning as to why the woman [who was raped] was taking a particular route and not another,” mentioned Shehbaz, referring to CCPO Lahore Umar Sheikh’s feedback that sparked anger and condemnation from numerous quarters. Shehbaz criticised the federal government, saying that it had stood by the CCPO Lahore regardless of his controversial assertion in opposition to the rape sufferer. He criticised PM Imran for “playing politics” on Zainab’s rape-and-murder case two years in the past however remaining silent on the motorway case. “It is the style of this prime minister that he remains silent whenever the nation feels unsafe,” he mentioned, questioning why the premier had not spoken but on the tragedy. The PML-N president demanded to know why police officers weren’t deployed on the motorway when the IG Punjab had written to the federal government in July and requested for extra safety there. “Just like this government has completely failed on every front since the past two-and-a-half years, its failure in upholding the law and order is written on the wall,” he mentioned. Shehbaz talked about that the motorway was made throughout former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s tenure, including that the “entire credit” goes to the PML-N and its staff for constructing the street. Before concluding his speech, Shehbaz once more criticised the prime minister for not actively talking out in opposition to the rape incident. “The prime minister does not care. He is sitting on top [only worrying about] how the government can back the opposition into a corner,” he mentioned. He demanded why the federal government had appointed a ‘infamous’ police officer to the submit of CCPO Lahore. ‘I admit, I’m accountable’Federal Minister for Communications and Federal Minister for Postal Services, Murad Saeed, responded to Shehbaz’s feedback by saying that it was disappointing to see how the controversy was centered on who had constructed the motorway as an alternative of offering aid to the rape sufferer. “Opposition parties are demanding that Murad Saeed resign over the motorway rape case. The other debate that is focusing on who made the DNA lab where the tests are being conducted,” he mentioned, expressing disappointment on the opposition for not addressing broader points with regard to girls’s security. “This incident did not take place at the motorway,” he mentioned. “However, I admit I am responsible for it. Being a man, I am responsible for this tragedy. As a member of this parliament, I am responsible for providing hope to the people,” he added. He accused the opposition of not specializing in the controversy to make the nation’s streets safer for ladies and never debating on learn how to deter such crimes sooner or later. Saeed mentioned that the opposition was extra centered on blaming the federal government over petty points. 

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