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A specimen of Shahbaz Sharif’s good governance in Punjab: Man sets himself on fire in front of CM’s complaint cell

Man sets himself on fire in front of Punjab CM’s complaint cell

* Mehmood Akhtar sought financial help from provincial government only to be humiliated, beaten up
* Faisalabad DCO ignored Mehmood’s requests for help
* Nawaz calls for high-level inquiry into reasons for Mehmood’s actions

LAHORE: Homeless and in need of shelter, Mehmood Akhtar (50) sought help from his government, only to be humiliated and physically assaulted by security personnel. This is what led him to the Punjab CM’s complaint cell in Model Town on Friday, where, in front of dozens of witnesses and security officials, he doused himself with petrol and set fire to himself.

A resident of House No 685/B near Shaheen Chowk, Ghulam Muhammad Abad, Faisalabad, Mehmood was a hairdresser by profession and had earlier migrated to Nazimabad, Karachi – only to return to Punjab in the hope that the provincial government would help him in his hour of need. According to police sources, Mehmood had visited the CM’s office at 7-Club Road a few weeks earlier and had filed an application in which he outlined his poor financial situation and requested financial assistance and a house for his four daughters.

Ignored: “Later, the application was forwarded to the Faisalabad DCO for action, who proceeded to ignore the requests of the applicant. Mehmood paid several visits to the DCO’s office, but was not given an answer to his application,” the sources said.

An official at the Faisalabad DCO’s office, requesting anonymity, said, “Yes, we received an application and forwarded it to the EDO (Revenue) for action… however, the EDO replied that there was no government policy that could address the applicant’s demands and that only the CM, at his own discretion, could facilitate such cases. The DCO then returned the case to the CM’s complaint cell with his comments.”

Disappointed and dejected, Mehmood on Friday visited the CM’s complaint cell in Model Town, where security personnel, deputed to keep an eye out for terrorist elements, slapped and humiliated him, sources said, adding that Mehmood left the office, only to return after a few minutes with Kerosene oil. “He then proceeded to set himself on fire in front of the CM’s complaint cell,” the sources added. Mehmood was later rushed to the Mayo Hospital, where doctors in the Burn Unit pronounced him dead.

Inquiry: PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif expressed his condolences over the incident and directed the Punjab government to hold a high-level inquiry to probe the reasons that had led Mehmood to take his life. In his message from London, Nawaz said the provincial government would facilitate Mehmood’s family. DCO Faisalabad Saeed Wahla was not available for comment, while his subordinate Munir Ahmed claimed that he was not aware of the case since he had been away to Sargodha. staff report

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  • It is a sad day indeed when the plight of the common man becomes so tragic and desperate. The Chief Minister’s (CM) Punjab complaint cell, established to hear and act upon the grievances of the public, has found itself in rather unforgivable hot water. Contrary to media reports CM Punjab is doing nothing but only harvesting the fruits of good media PR established through under hand deals. Mehmood Akhtar, a 50-year-old resident of Faisalabad, set himself on fire and succumbed to his injuries outside the cell’s Model Town office, due to an agonizing lack of intervention on part of the CM Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif to address his woes. The old man first went to 7-Club Road and then to the complaint cell in order to seek help of those claiming to be Khadam-e-Aala.But at the complaint cell, he was harassed and physically abused by security personal who would not let him register his plaint. With no other option, he set himself on fire. For the poor and unconnected, death seems increasingly the only solution. I ask what is the point of setting up a complaint cell Mr CM amidst much hurrahing and self-congratulatory pats on the back when you refuse to entertain those who need you the most?. To now hear PML-N party chief Nawaz Sharif take note and announce ‘compensation’ for the family is sad and laughable. Would it not have been easier to hear Mr Akhtar’s problem and have it sorted out instead of becoming responsible for a man’s suicidal despair?

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