Cabinet committee formed to determine masterminds of May 9 riots

By
Ayaz Akbar Yousafzai
A view of a house in cantonment area, which was set afire by supporters of former prime minister Imran Khan during a protest against his arrest, in Lahore on May 9, 2023. — Reuters
A view of a house in cantonment area, which was set afire by supporters of former prime minister Imran Khan during a protest against his arrest, in Lahore on May 9, 2023. — Reuters

  • Committee to review long-lasting impacts of violent incidents.
  • It will give recommendations for stopping such incidents in future.
  • Caretaker Law Minister Ahmed Irfan Aslam to head committee.


ISLAMABAD: On the directive of Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, a cabinet committee has been formed to find out the masterminds, plotters, facilitators and executioners of the May 9, 2023 violent incidents, Geo News reported on Saturday.

The Cabinet Division has issued a notification for the establishment of the committee headed by Caretaker Law Minister Ahmed Irfan Aslam. The body would review the incidents of May 9, 2023 including attacks on military installations and it would be bound to submit its report within 14 days.

It will also give recommendations for stopping such happenings in the future. It will review the immediate and long-lasting impacts of May 9 incidents.

The notification read the Ministry of Interior would provide the secretariat’s support to the cabinet committee.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Investigation Anoosh Masood had on September 20, 2023 said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and all others nominated as suspects in the probe into the May 9 riots had been charged with "criminal conspiracy".

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, she had said that nine additional sections pertaining to treason had been included in the challans for the cases of vandalism and violence that erupted after the deposed prime minister's arrest in the infamous £190 million National Crime Agency (NCA) UK settlement case on May 9, against all the suspects including Khan.

The investigation official had said evidence of inciting mutiny and planning vandalism had been found against the PTI chief.

"Section 120(B) [pertaining to punishment of criminal conspiracy] of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) has been added to all the cases related to the May 9 incidents," Masood had said.