Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif speaking at a meeting. - Dawn FIle Photo

LAHORE, Oct 15: Defence B police on Monday registered a case against three unidentified men and six Elite Police Force officials for allegedly hurling life threats and torturing an employee at a confectionary in a case linked to an ‘influential’ young lady.

On orders by the chief executive of the province, police took the action some eight days after the incident allegedly took place in T-Block market of the Defence Housing Authority on Oct 7. Police took two men, including an Elite Police Force official, into custody.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has also ordered a high-level inquiry into the torture incident.

According to the First Information Report lodged under sections 148, 149 and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Pakistan Penal Code, complainant Umer Hussain, a DHA Phase II resident, stated that he ran the confectionary ‘Sweet Tooth’ in T-Block market.

Between I pm and 2 pm on Oct 7, a woman came to the shop and asked for a cake. The shop was closed for cleaning. The employees asked the visitor to come later when the shop would be open. Two men, who according to Mr Hussain’s account appeared to be bodyguards of the lady, misbehaved with an employee named Irfan and left with warnings of dire consequences.

Between 6 pm and 7 pm the same day, the two men revisited the bakery accompanied by another man. They identified Irfan and took him just outside the bakery where up to six uniformed Elite Police officials were present. Irfan was thrashed and threatened. Bakery owner Hussain says in the FIR he alerted the Rescue 15 police about the incident.

A police investigator privy to the development told Dawn the police had taken Elite Police Force head-constable Muhammad Riaz (4262) and Zafar Hussain of Saqib Town, Baidian Road, into custody and raids were in progress to arrest the remaining suspects, including policemen. Zafar Hussain is said to be a private bodyguard of chief minister’s son-in-law, Imran Yousaf.

The same officer said the police couldn’t as yet establish the identity of the young lady mentioned in the FIR – even though CCTV footage purportedly of the lady’s visit to the bakery on Oct 7 had widely been circulating on the internet for the last few days. On Monday, some television channels joined social media sites into suspecting that the lady was a close relation of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Some loudly wondered whether it was his daughter, as alleged by some social media sites.

The CCTV footage doing the rounds captures two episodes, separated by a few hours. The first installment shows a young woman wearing a scarf entering the shop and apparently having a conversation with the staff. The second episode shows men dressed in shalwar kameez escorting bakery employee Irfan out, talking to him and then launching into a physical attack on him as a handful of uniformed souls who appear to be members of the Elite Force stand by flaunting their ‘No Fear’ jackets. The ‘anonymous’ police officer Dawn talked to said the registration of the case was based on this second incident. Dawn tried to reach Umer Hussain, the complainant in the case, to get more details of the case. He couldn’t be reached despite repeated calls on his cell phone.

According to an official handout, it was only on Monday morning that the matter was brought to the notice of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif – who was on a foreign visit at the time when the incident is alleged to have taken place.

“Two police officials involved in the incident have been arrested immediately after registration of a case....” It quoted the CM as directing that “all the accused involved in this incident be arrested immediately” and that “no one was above the law and action would be taken against all the officials involved in this crime.”

“(It is) an unpardonable act…legal action would be taken and supremacy of law would be ensured,” the handout quoted the CM as vowing.

Updated Oct 16, 2012 01:23am

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Oct 16, 2012 02:43pm
Thanks God for movie cameras and cell phones. Khuda dekh raha hai but Khuda ka to darr nahi hai but they will surely be afraid of cameras whenever they want to commit a foul act
Oct 16, 2012 02:40pm
A breath of fresh air in the polluted political atmosphere of Pakistan!
Oct 16, 2012 01:58pm
So now everyday matters & FIRs will have to be run by the chief executive to get anything done? No due process, no justice.
Oct 16, 2012 09:15am
So now there will be justice of Jehangiri. Lo and behold.
Oct 16, 2012 08:06am
it is shabaz sharif who take action on incident,Why PPP,MQN, and ANP does not take action against target killers in Karachi they saw CCTV footage they know killer unfortunately does not take any action
Oct 17, 2012 06:16am
What did she do? Did the victim register a case against her? If she is found culpable only then can a case be registere agaist her.
Oct 16, 2012 04:47pm
bring the lady who caused this. the poor trained elite force is a escape goat.
Challa Chaudhary
Oct 16, 2012 04:27pm
so what if the policemen will be arrested..... who's gonna track this issue till end.
FJ SIddiqui
Oct 16, 2012 09:32am
Who is responsible of the matters in the absence of province chief? Delay in registration of FIR is eye brow raising. No matter who was the lady, a person was tortured on camera in presence of government machinery... isn't it serious enough for the authorities to take action? By the way many such incidents may escape eyes of cameras, but who can escape the Ever-Watching Almighty! Will there by anyone to use his or her position to protect wrong-doings in His court? Fortunately for many and unfortunately for some, answer is: No one!
Ali Usman
Oct 16, 2012 07:38am
Bakery beating finally catches the eye of the media who were pretending it never happened had not been for facebook and twitter we the people wouldn't have known about it. Bad news for the biased mediagroups.
Wali Mohammad
Oct 17, 2012 11:41am
Thanks for the media and the technology, which brought the matter to the mass to justice what is right and what is wrong while casting the vote.
Oct 17, 2012 05:39am
Why isnt the case registered against his Daughter? why the guards? is she above the law?
Oct 17, 2012 01:54pm
Please let the poor man live in Pakistan. Also, fake mullahs (Munafeqeens), bad Politicians, some bad Military personnel , bad economy due to bad politicians and their sons and Legal System in the country have broke the back-bone of the poor people already. It is time to stop all that. Otherwise people will break the palaces of all these people like in France.
Zack Khan
Oct 16, 2012 02:34pm
nothing is going to happen. The murderers of Sialkot brothers are still out. I see no difference in Zardari, Sharif or any elite of Pakistan, they think they own Pakistan.
Zain Ally
Oct 16, 2012 07:18am
Interesting. Action is taken against the Elite police force members instead of Shahbaz's daughter.
Oct 17, 2012 09:06am
Are you related to Shahbaz sharif? Thumb down to you comment.
Oct 17, 2012 09:07am
Its clear that the lady in question is shabaz sharifs daughter and the guards that go back to hand out the beating are the same guards who were with her when she visited the bakery. The guards and elite police officers were only doing what they were told by their paymasters in this case shabaz sharifs daughter. The fir should be registered against her but which police officer in punjab is going to do that when shebaz sharif is cm.
Sohaib YAHIA
Oct 16, 2012 11:05am
Is CJ watching?
Oct 17, 2012 06:05am
What did she do?
Oct 16, 2012 09:17am
interestingly someone sent a letter to Dawn about an incident with reference to the same lady - of course wasnt captured on CCTV so shoved under the carpet. http://dawn.com/2012/09/12/punjab-cms-car/
Oct 16, 2012 09:19am
Do we need CM to tell us that nobody is above the law?
Md Imran
Oct 16, 2012 03:23pm
Yes, he has taken his usual suo moto stance on the case.
Mohammad afzal
Oct 17, 2012 07:35am
If chief justice can take action against his son,why not shehbaz sharif? Whether it is daughter or son in law, strict action should be taken.
Oct 16, 2012 02:29pm
What a silly statement. The CJ has to interfere in bakery fights?? What is the use of the rest of the police, intelligence, session judges, district judges, etc etc.. Should we fire all of them and leave everything in the hand of the CJ?
Oct 17, 2012 06:12am
Crime prevention is not his job. Constitutional matters are, as is justice. And only rarely suo moto, only when serious miscarriage of justice is detected.
Ahmed j
Oct 17, 2012 10:21am
If Shumaila Rana could get away after her credit card fraud then Shahbaz's daughter will have a clean break too.
Oct 16, 2012 09:47am
No sympathy for the Elite forces as they deserved to be behind the bars. They must be called most coward force who can go in group of 10 with heavy armour and big guns to jointly beat that guy. They are puppets to the hands of every influential person.
Salim Shaikh
Oct 16, 2012 09:49am
Mr CM, well done. But there should be no "muk muka" to save the elite class lady and brutality by force ... it generally happens with poor class victims
Oct 16, 2012 01:48pm
Police constables must have been ordered to give a thrashing to the bakery employee Otherwise the constables had no grudge against the victim so the action should be taken against those who ordered the policemen to do this nasty act .justice for the poor and the rich should remain the same
Oct 16, 2012 04:12pm
No need for Suo Moto because this involve a poor guy and some VIP could be a possible defendent
Oct 16, 2012 04:12pm
In keeping with shahbaz shareef's sasti roti scheme, please allow me to advise a sasta cake scheme
Oct 16, 2012 09:17am
Fair play to the CM and his daughter (if it really was she) because we have no reason to conclude that she actually ordered the police officials to do what they did. It might well have been their own reaction after the poor chap refused to be intimidated by the Madam. No shortage in Pakistan of people more loyal than the King.
Sangeen Khan
Oct 16, 2012 08:08am
"we are going back to dark ages". Going back? Dude, we never left dark ages.
Iftikhar Husain
Oct 16, 2012 11:29am
It seems law takes a long time to get activated I hope we are told the end of this incident whenever it has been solved.
Oct 16, 2012 07:55am
One more step ahead for a country towards hell. Is this the Ideology that our country was founded on ?
jawedeqbal, Lahore
Oct 16, 2012 07:28am
Lady in the CCTV footage can't be identified. It is a joke of the year as she was the most visible cause of strife. Her identity should be remained secret for national interest. Elite force and gurds are an easy prey. They need to be sacrificed to save the 'lady in veil'. Veil should be declared a national symbol of integrity and truth. Once everything goves behind it, this nation will find true justice. Justice for 'mute witness to surrender' shall be done forthwith. Khadam e Ala ka iqbal buland ho.
omer khan shaheen
Oct 16, 2012 11:49am
Well done to the news channel that aired this incident!!
Oct 17, 2012 02:31am
It's funny that Marvi Memon was able to identify the driver and bodyguard of Imran Yousaf in "Off the record" program aired by ARY News but she said that she had never met Rabia Imran and hence couldn't recognize the lady in the video. Give me a break! All I could see was that she was trying to find some wiggle room out of the whole conversation. I don't support any political party but PTI got smacked down after Malala got shot right after their "peace rally" against drone attacks on Taliban and now PML-N gets defaced with this incident and we have seen PPP already. So, whom to cast our votes to? Is this another wake up call?
Oct 17, 2012 03:00am
Then we will have to put whole country inside Fenses!!! Theoritically we are already!!!
Oct 17, 2012 03:03am
He is Shahbaz...can see one mile from the sky while flying.(not under wings...diye ke niche andhera.. He was abroad...thousands miles away...
Oct 17, 2012 12:27am
Well done Shahbaz sharief , we are proud of you.
Oct 16, 2012 09:21pm
Its strange that such a big news story is absent from the pages of one of the biggest papers in Pakistan surely this is NEWS.
Oct 17, 2012 12:07pm
Her name has to be in the FIR since (apparently) the complainant mentions her involvement. No name in FIR means she is not even being investigated.
Oct 17, 2012 11:04am
That’s why country is deteriorating in all aspect, because justice is not all for same! Influential people can do whatever they want to!!!!!!!!!!!! They have made this country like their G.fathers/father’s property!!!!! This is the time to awake common people and thrash them out from the country
Atif Amin
Oct 16, 2012 03:52pm
Still Shahbaz Sharif is the best among all CM's and leading the provice. Its not his fault that his daughter ordered assault against bakery employees. The best thing is atleast he ordered arrests and took some notice which in all other provinces would have had gone unnoticed e.g. situation of Karachi, where political parties killing each other for their political milage and no notice and arrest have ever been reported. The sufferings are for common hard working people only who adorned Karachi as a Metropolis.
Adil Jadoon
Oct 16, 2012 09:13pm
He has better things to do. you can give your decision on election day.
Adil Jadoon
Oct 16, 2012 09:12pm
"Zafar Hussain is said to be a private bodyguard of chief minister’s son-in-law, Imran Yousaf" Well well well and he is supposed to be investigating a charge against his family by himself?
mohammad hamza
Oct 16, 2012 06:38pm
What about the main culprit ? Shabaz's daughter who is not mentioned in the FIR . The rest is all nautanki/and policmen are convenient scapegoats who wil go scot free very soon and rewarded by the CM for serving his daughter so well
TK from USA
Oct 16, 2012 06:42pm
The gingerbread lady thought she couldn't be caught, until she met her baker.
Hamza Arain
Oct 16, 2012 06:45pm
My heart cries out for this poor man. I hope dawn follows through with this news and keeps us updated on what action is taken against the people involved. I pray to Allah to give the poor guy some 'sabar' and may he be compensated for this injustice.
Oct 16, 2012 05:51pm
so what actually was the daughter of our chief minister doing in the bakery with her guards. , why she had to go to shops when she has lots of servants at her disposal ,.
A. Khan
Oct 16, 2012 05:52pm
Why is it that for every small matter the CM has to get involved ? Why cannot the IG police or even lower SP Lahore take action on their own, which is their job ? Is it only when the CM gives the proverbial danda that action has to be taken ? What does the police force get paid for ?
Azhar Iqbal
Oct 16, 2012 05:44pm
People suggesting actions against the lady are ignorant of the law. Action has to be taken against people who manhandled the bakery employee. If proved that they acted on the orders of the lady, then she becomes an accomplice and should be punished accordingly. I agree with Israr that it could be a case of "more loyal to the king than king himself". Thanx to social media which forced authorities to take action otherwise nobody would have even known that it happened.
Oct 17, 2012 01:40am
We thought only Taliban behaved in this fashion
Oct 16, 2012 05:41pm
You got that right.
Oct 17, 2012 09:36am
shahbaz sharif should accept the responsibility and should resign the chief minister post. God knows what else they do behind the cameras.
Chup Chaap
Oct 16, 2012 05:42pm
This could be a conspiracy by PTI :)
Oct 16, 2012 05:43pm
Because this was a relative of the "CHIEF MINISTER". ARe you one of the illiterate sharif sympathizers?
Oct 16, 2012 05:44pm
Well said.
Oct 16, 2012 05:46pm
My sentiments exactly.
Oct 17, 2012 03:03pm
Pathetic coverage by Dawn news. This should have been the cover story from day one.
Oct 17, 2012 05:14am
Why has Shahbaz Sharif only taken action against the guards what about the woman who's his own daughter,is she above the law,she is the one responsible for this. Shahbaz Sharif take action against your daughter,that will be justice
Mudassir Hussain
Oct 17, 2012 09:21am
one lucky (but not so lucky) instance where the was incident captured by the camera....I wish and pray to Almighty that all the culprits should get the right punishment! (amen)
no to toppi drama
Oct 16, 2012 03:02pm
Why arresting guards; arrest shahbaz sharif's daughter who orders this action to be taken against this naive guy. Well all people down there are naive unless one has relation to Sharif to behave like Sharif ?
Secular Pakistan
Oct 16, 2012 01:01pm
The Shabaz Sharif needs to tell his family member that they are not above the law,
Oct 16, 2012 01:10pm
No. Justice is blind.
Oct 16, 2012 04:32pm
Nobody is above the law except CM and His family menmbers. The backery owner will disappear in few days and there will no any case peding.
Oct 16, 2012 12:05pm
That's really Sangeeen.. :)
Oct 16, 2012 11:47am
one thing is for sure that If media never reported this, he would have never noticed
Oct 16, 2012 07:38am
if the lady is really the daughter of the CM, then she should also be punished and atleast send her behind the bars for few days with the ordinary criminals. where is our country heading, we are going back to dark ages, rich believes he has all the powers. i suggest the lady that if she is such a wealthy and well connected why not she opens a personal bakery in CM house. after all our tax money is their forefathers property and we poor tax payers are the slaves. but remember one day these slaves will wake up and cut the throats of all those who once sabotaged their lives. living in luxury houses will not help them and their will be no safe house for them. because now all elite class has made their selves an easy target. the masses will attack their colonies and rob them, accuse them, burn them, kill them, like the way they are doing it to us .
Oct 16, 2012 11:55am
The statement seems to be for CM's Family, apparently the concept is not clear to them
Talat Ali Hamdany
Oct 17, 2012 07:08am
Unless you have well educated people on the force you will have poorly taken actions on the whims of individuals who have no authority to use the machinery put there for the benefit of the people. Education must be the target. Every foot officer should know his duty and what can do and what not.Only then can we have a viable society.
Oct 16, 2012 07:41am
It is only due to the greater awakening of the media that the chief minister has been forced to take some sort of action. Of course it is just a face saving ploy. The culprits shall most likely go free once the media frenzy is over, with some five thousand rupees notes pushed into their hands and a "shabash". Still it is a start.