Lahore High Court orders to make public judicial report on Model Town tragedy

Lahore High Court on Thursday directed PMLN-led Punjab government to make public the judicial inquiry report on Model Town tragedy.

In June 2914, an 11-hour clash between Punjab Police and Pakistani Awami Tehreek workers left at least 14 dead and around a hundred injured.

The provincial high court took the decision on a petition seeking the disclosure of a judicial inquiry report on the Model Town tragedy, ordering the authorities to release Justice Ali Baqar Najafi’s report for public review.

Meanhwile, the Punjab government has decided to file an intra-court appeal against the court directive.

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has summoned a high-level meeting to prepare the strategy while PAT Chief Tahir-ul-Qadri addressed a presser in the evening.

“Making the report public is the first step towards justice,” Qadri said on Thursday.

“Masses cannot receive justice until the reign of barbarity comes to an end,” he said, referring to the provincial government’s alleged role in the incident.”

Sanaullah had justified the police aggression.

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 a year later after JIT exonerated him.

However, the government was accused 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.

The report remained under the wraps until court order to make it available for public review.

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