Report holds police responsible for Rawalpindi violence

Updated November 25, 2013

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Pakistan soldiers keep watch outside at a checkpoint during a curfew in Rawalpindi on Nov 16, 2013. — AFP Photo
Pakistan soldiers keep watch outside at a checkpoint during a curfew in Rawalpindi on Nov 16, 2013. — AFP Photo

LAHORE: The fact-finding committee constituted to probe the Rawalpindi incident on Monday presented its report to Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif which held the police responsible for the tragedy, DawnNews reported.

Following the Ashura violence in Rawalpinidi, the chief minister had constituted a three-member fact finding committee to probe the incident, which completed its report on the matter.

According to sources, the report said the police had failed to take necessary and timely action which could have prevented the tragedy from occurring and that coordination among institutions was almost non-existent.

Police did not demonstrate any sense of responsibility as even the city's police chief was not present on the spot as the situation went out of hand, the report added.

On Nov 15, a curfew was imposed in Rawalpindi after eight people were killed and a market was burnt in a clash between two groups in relation to the harassment of an Ashura procession in the city's Raja Bazar area.