PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Minister, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti distributed compensation cheques worth Rs 3 million each among the heirs of personnel of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Prison Department who embraced martyrdom in Achara (Lahore) incident.

A ceremony was held in this connection at CM House on Tuesday. Collective prayers were offered for peace in heaven of martyrs, patience for the bereaved and speedy health to the injured. Provincial Prison Minister Mian Nisar Gul Kakakhel, Home Secretary Muhammad Azam Khan, IG Prisons Khalid Abbas, President ANP District Karak Usman Gul Khattak and heirs of Shuhadas were also present on the occasion.

The CM expressed solidarity with affected families and said that millions of rupees cold not substitute a human life. He said that as the martyrs of Lahore incident hailed from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, thereby every possible assistance would be provided to their family, as it is the responsibility of the provincial government.

He said that they wished joint funeral prayers of the entire martyrs, which did not become possible due to delayed handover of dead bodies.

He said that discussion on irresponsibility of certain government officials was made with the Punjab government and Punjab promised for action against personnel found guilty after thorough inquiry on the matter, adding that one officer had been transferred in this connection.The CM said that the present government has not only increased the compensation amount to martyrs who embraced martyrdom in the line of duty but also took practical steps for swift payment of the compensation.  Regarding Risk Allowance, the CM directed Home and Finance Departments for reviewing the facilities in other provinces and submission of report.

He also directed for review on financial assistance to injured persons of the incident.

Provincial Prison Minister, Mian Nisar Gul Kakakhel expressed sorrow over delay in shifting of the dead bodies. He stressed the need for steps to control such incidents in future. He announced employment in the department for legal heirs of martyrs and said the Prisons Department would not let the bereaved family get alone in this hour of trial.

IG Prisons, Khalid Abbas, on detail of the incident, said that as the incident occurred in Punjab, its government must also pay compensation to martyrs. He requested CM for Risk allowance to employees of the department.

Earlier, the CM distributed compensation cheques worth Rs 27 million among affected families. Those received cheques included heirs of shuhadas Qamar Zaman, Muhammad Fayaz, Azmat Janan, Khudai Noor from Karak, Sardar Ali and Muhammad Asif from Mardan, Shafqat Rizwan from DI Khan, Sharif-ud-din from chitral and Muhammad Ali from Charsadda.