Judicial inquiry report of Model Town incident to be made public ‘ LHC

LAHORE (web desk) – Lahore High Court on Thursday directed to public the judicial inquiry report of Model Town incident.

According to details, the verdict reserved two days back was announced by Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi. LHC also accepted the petition filed by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) .

Meanhwile, Punjab government has decided to file an intra-court appeal against LHC verdict.

Two years ago on June 17, an 11-hour clash between Punjab Police and PAT workers left at least 14 dead while around a hundred were wounded.

The violent clash happened as police’s anti-encroachment staff began to remove barriers from the roads that led to offices of Minhajul Quran and Dr Qadri’s residence on Model Town.

Roads leading to PAT chief’s residence and party office were blocked using containers as he returned to the country fearing ill-intentions of the government. The party claimed that the Punjab Police was given court’s order in the matter that allowed placing containers owing to alleged security threat.

Local media covered the incident showing police hurl tear gas canisters and resort to firing using assault rifles.

Police had stated that the personnel were attacked from inside the Minhajul Quran office.

Law Minister Rana Sanaullah had justified police’s aggression while Faisal Town Police lodged a case against over 3,000 PAT workers naming Dr Qadri’s son, Hussain Mohiuddin as the main accused.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif asserted that the government was innocent and claimed to resign if he is proven guilty in the incident. The

Chief Minister ordered an immediate inquiry and a Joint Investigation Team was formed.

Sanaullah and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr Toqueer Shah were dislodged from the posts by the Chief Minister for transparent probe of the incident. The Law Minister was re-administered oath at Governor House by Rafique Rajwana a year later after JIT exonerated him.

However, the government was alleged by PAT chief of ‘tampering with the evidence’ stating that health certificates of the injured police personnel were altered in the hospitals following the clash.

 

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