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The Supreme Court of Pakistan has constituted a committee for necessary amendments in police rules and Police training, treatment of injured in the private hospitals besides determining who is responsible for the alleged killing case of a 10-year old girl Amal Umar in Karachi. A three-member bench of the SC presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took up the case for hearing on Tuesday.
Advocate General Sindh, Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, Latif Khosa, Advocate Umama, and others were among the committee members. During the course of the hearing, the parents of Amal appeared before the court. Beenish Umar, the mother of victim girl Amal started weeping while narrating the details of the whole incident.
This red tapping results in many deaths. It is expected that Amal Umar case will change this practice and lives would be saved in future.
She said that on the night of August 13 they were standing at a signal of Akhtar Colony in Karachi when some unknown dacoits looted them and later a bullet hit the back screen of their vehicle. She said, when they looked back, Amal was lying on the back seat of the vehicle while their second girl was sitting down on the floor. According to her, while they were checking that whether their daughter was safe or not, they came to know that a bullet had hit the head of Amal.
Then, she said, in a hurry, they shifted their daughter to a nearby local hospital for first aid but there was neither any ambulance nor hospital administration to look after their daughter and she passed away.” We don’t want to take any compensation; the thing we want is that this should not happen to anybody in the future,” she added.
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The entire fiasco led the CJP to look into the police rules. The hospital administrations refuse to look after patients injured by gunfire or a sharp instrument, assuming that these happen during the committing of an offense. They demand the presence of police or an application by police to look into the matter and take care of the victim. This red tape endangers many lives. It is expected that the Amal Umar case will change this practice and lives would be saved in the future.