Non-release of Model Town probe report: PAT moves court

 
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LAHORE Sept 23 (TNS): Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) on Saturday filed a petition to initiate contempt proceedings against Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the provincial Chief Secretary, over defiance of Lahore High Court (LHC) orders for releasing Model Town commission report.

The petitioner has adopted a stance that the provincial government has flouted the court orders after denying release of the probe report.

Terming the provincial government’s decision of withholding the report into killings of the party workers as sheer violation of the court orders, PAT leader Khurram Nawaz Gandapur claimed that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah were held responsible for the incident in the report.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government has also filed an intra-court appeal in the LHC today (Saturday) against release orders of the commission report by a single bench.

The appeal states as the matter is under review by a full bench of the high court, the decision of the single bench should be set aside, adding that the judicial report contains matters of national importance that cannot be disclosed at the moment.

On Friday, a large number of PAT workers and supporters staged a protest demonstration outside Civil Secretariat in Lahore against the provincial authorities for withholding the Model Town incident inquiry report.

Demanding the immediate release of the Justice Baqar Najafi report on the incident, PAT activists chanted slogans against PML-N government and Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif for dragging feet on the issue.

On the flip side, State Minister for Interior Affairs Talal Chaudhry was opined that the commission report was compiled to score political points while claiming that the inquiry report has no legal value.

He said that the provincial government had already registered an FIR and the trial was underway, implying all necessary measures had already been taken with regard to the incident.

On demand to public the report, he claimed that there were several other commission reports which were never been released so far.

Earlier this week, the LHC had announced its judgment on a petition filed by the PAT, ordering the provincial government to publish and public Justice Baqar Najafi Commission’s Report.

On July 17, 2014, 14 people were killed and 100 others injured when the police opened fire to scatter protesting PAT workers during an anti-encroachment operation outside the residence of PAT chief.