Supreme Court Decides For Tragedy Victims Of Model Town
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has suspended the Lahore High Court’s decision on the Model Town incident and allowed another joint investigation team formed by the provincial government to investigate the incident. The Joint Investigation Team was stopped from working that year.
A three-member bench headed by the Supreme Court Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the appeal against the Lahore High Court verdict. On May 17, 2014, during the ex-ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz regime, at least 10 people were killed and 66 were injured in firing by policemen outside Minhaj-ul-Quran Building in Model Town, Lahore.
The case was registered against former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and then Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, as well as several policemen, including then provincial minister Rana Sanaullah. If the government took responsibility for creating another JIT, what made it?
On which the Advocate General Punjab told the court that 80% of the work done by the provincial government was completed by the JIT that the Lahore High Court had stopped the new JIT in April 2019.
Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, who was present in the bench, made it clear to the Advocate General that during the case of former Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, when the matter came to the Supreme Court, the then Punjab Advocate General Ahmed Awais had assured the court that The provincial government will set up a joint investigation team to investigate the Model Town incident.
He said that the Supreme Court had not given any order on the creation of a new JIT.
Advocate General Punjab told the court that there was no obstacle in making the second JIT, while the victims’ lawyer informed the Supreme Court that the JIT was made related to the incident during the rule of the former ruling PML-N. She was controversial and said the former JIT did not interrogate the victims.
Justice Ijaz-ul-Hassan said that if the government wants to conduct additional investigation with the new JIT, then it should be conducted.
After completion of the hearing, the court suspended the Lahore High Court decision to stop the second JIT from functioning.
The Chief Justice said the judicial proceedings of this case should be conducted like any other criminal case.
The hearing of this petition was adjourned till February 13.