Lahore DHA accident: Punjab CM orders action against underage drivers

CM Mohsin Naqvi issues orders after six of a family died in a road accident by an underage driver

After car accident at DHA Lahore.  -x/ctplhour
After car accident at DHA Lahore. -x/ctplhour
  • Orders issued after death of family in Lahore DHA accident.
  • LHC orders indiscriminate action against underage drivers.
  • Terrorism sections were added to the FIR against the teenage driver.

LAHORE: Caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab Mohsin Naqvi on Friday ordered action against underage drivers across the province after a family was killed by a teenage driver in DHA Lahore.

Naqvi directed Punjab Inspector General of Police, capital city police officer Lahore and regional police officers to take action against those driving cars and bikes without licenses.

“Underage drivers are not only a danger to others but also to themselves. Parents should not allow underage children to drive cars and bikes,” Naqvi appealed while issuing the directive.

The action comes after a teenage driver named Afnan killed a family of six in an accident in Defense Phase 7, Lahore.

According to newsTeenage driver Afnan had confronted the victims and threatened them before crashing their car.

The driver chased the women sitting in the car from Y Block for a long time. Hasnain, the driver of the victims’ car, increased the speed of his vehicle several times so that Afnan would give up the chase, but the accused did not give up and continued to harass the family.

However, Hasnain later stopped the car and scolded Afnan for his behaviour.

Hasnain’s father, who was traveling in the other car, also asked Afnan to stop harassing the women, but he rammed his car into the victims’ vehicle at a speed of 160 km/hr near McDonald’s Chowk.

After the accident, Hasnain’s car fell 70 feet away from the road and all the people in it died on the spot. Four people came to save him but seeing the anger of the people the suspect ran away.

At present the teenager has been taken into custody.

By adding sections of terrorism and murder in the first information report, the case has been handed over to Deputy Superintendent Kahana.

LHC orders arrest of underage drivers

Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has ordered authorities to arrest underage drivers and expressed displeasure over violation of traffic rules.

Justice Ali Zia Bajwa made the remarks while hearing an appeal filed by the suspect challenging the inclusion of Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The stance in the application was that since the accused was under 18 years of age, he should be tried in a Juvenile Court. According to the petitioner, Section 302 has been unnecessarily included in the FIR.

Today when the court heard the petition, it summoned CTO Lahore and Senior Superintendent Operations.

Once the authorities arrived, Justice Bajwa remarked that the car accident was very tragic.

During the hearing, CTO Lahore told the court that there were 73 lakh cars while 13 lakh people had valid licenses.

The court then asked what action was being taken against those driving without a license and what action had been taken after the accident.

CTO Lahore informed the court that they have initiated action in the last three days.

However, the court remarked that when a traffic warden stops someone they say they are a lawyer, or the son of a judge or say they are a relative of an SSP.

“Action should be taken indiscriminately,” the court said. Justice Bajwa also said that such crimes usually happen in posh areas.

The court then also asked what action was being taken against those who give their cars to underage children.

The CTO told the court that there are laws for such cases and 999 cases have been registered against those driving without a license.

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