Committee formed to probe May 9 vandalism

May 9 vandalism

ISLAMABAD: On the directive of the prime minister, a cabinet committee has been formed to investigate the vandalism of May 9, 2023.

The Cabinet Division issued a notification in this regard on Saturday, according to which the committee will analyse the causes and determine responsibility for these events. The committee will also evaluate their immediate and long-term implications.

According to the notification, Caretaker Federal Minister for Law and Justice Ahmad Irfan will be the convener of the committee to probe May 9 vandalism.

Other members include the minister of interior, minister of information and broadcasting, and minister of human rights.

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According to the terms of reference, the committee is mandated to examine the events leading up to the incidents of 9th May, 2023, with a view to ascertain the identity and role of mastermind, planners, facilitators and executors.

The committee will suggest preventive measures to ensure that such a breach of national security is not repeated; and recommend measures to strengthen the existing legal regime to deter such recurrences.

The ministry of interior will provide secretarial support to the committee. The committee shall submit its report on May 9 vandalism for consideration of the federal cabinet within a period of 14 days.

The notification further stated that a new member can also be added to the committee to solve any problem.

Protests erupted across Pakistan after PTI leader Imran Khan was arrested on May 9, 2023. The protests were held in remote and major cities as the PTI workers were angry after Imran Khan’s arrest.

Army installations, including the Corps Commander’s house in Lahore, had come under attack during the protests by PTI workers.

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