PM orders action against five Senior police officials over Bisham tragedy

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Attaullah Tarar on Saturday announced that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif ordered immediate action to be taken against five officials for negligence of duty based on the findings of an inquiry report on the Besham suicide attach which took the lives of six people, including five Chinese nationals.

The development comes a week after five Chinese engineers — and their Pakistani driver — were killed in a suicide bombing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Besham while travelling between Islamabad and a hydroelectric dam construction site in Dasu. The bus was attacked in the Bisham city of KP’s Shangla district.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore today, Tarar reiterated the developments up till now in the matter and said an inquiry committee had submitted its findings, adding that the prime minister ordered action to be taken against certain officials in light of the report’s results.

Tarar stated that as per PM Shehbaz’s orders, the Hazara regional police officer, Upper Kohistan district police officer (DPO), Lower Kohistan DPO, the security director for the Dasu Hydropower Project and the commandant of the KP Special Security Unit would face disciplinary action.

“The inquiry report found these security officials were negligent in their duties and should have remained alert on the day of the incident,” he said, adding, “Disciplinary action will be taken within 15 days.”

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