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Model Town incident: LHC to hear petition against new JIT formation


Tabish Shahzad Reporter

10th Feb, 2020. 09:39 am
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Lahore high court

The Lahore High Court (LHC) will hear petition against the formation of new Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the Model Town incident, today.

Bol news reported that The court has summoned the Chief Secretary Punjab along with all the relevant officers.

The court has also summoned Prosecutor General Punjab.

Khurram Rafiq and other police officials facing trial in the Model Town case had challenged the legitimacy of the second JIT.

Earlier on JANUARY 20, 2020 The Lahore High Court (LHC) extended its stay order against the formation of a new joint investigation team (JIT) .

The bench summoned Chief Secretary Maj (r) Azam Suleman after the provincial government failed to submit its reply in the case in Monday’s hearing.

The bench remarked that the government was playing with the heirs of the deceased in the Model Town incident. “It seems the government is not serious in the case proceedings. It is the first case where the accused want a decision while the government showing indifference,” the judge said.

The LHC bench in an early hearing directed the concerned authorities to provide reports of the two JITs in the next hearing besides submission of record for the formation of a new investigation team with the approval of the Punjab cabinet.

Moreover, the court has also sought a record of the recommendations sent to advocate general of Punjab for the establishment of the JIT.

The LHC judge had remarked that all particulars must be produced in the next hearing, otherwise, the court will summon the provincial chief secretary and other concerned officers.

Model Town Incident

About 14 supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr. Tahirul Qadri were killed by Punjab police in June 2014 during an anti-encroachment operation outside his residence. The PAT had claimed that the operation was launched at the behest of the Sharif (Nawaz and Shehbaz) brothers and some PML-N ministers.

 

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