LHC to hear Model Town case on Sep 25 | Pakistan

LAHORE: A full bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) will hear the petition on Model Town incident case on September 25.

A three-member bench of LHC headed by interim Chief Justice Yawar Ali will hear the petition demanding Model Town report to be made public.

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri has continuously demanded that the Justice Baqir Najfi Commission report on the Model Town incident be made public, asking what is Shehbaz Sharif afraid of if he is not responsible for the tragedy.

Qadri in his speech declared Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif responsible for the incident by the report which is why he hasn’t made it public even after three years, Qadri said while addressing a sit-in held in remembrance of the 2014 incident, in which 14 were killed and scores injured.

“The thief has been caught. The murderer behind the Model Town incident is still at large,” he said in an apparent reference to the Sharif brothers.

Qadri also said that his organisation will go to any extent for getting justice for the victims of the Model Town tragedy.

He said that he will be at the sit-in for as long as the protestors decide to participate, and announced that he will take out rallies in Faisalabad, Multan and Rawalpindi after Eid-ul-Azha. However, today’s sit-in ended at about 10PM.

Lashing at the Sharif brothers, Qadri said that their party introduced dirty and corrupt politics in the country, and claimed Pakistan Muslim Lague-Nawaz (PML-N) routinely purchases MPAs and ministries.

The PAT chief said that Nawaz Sharif talks about the sanctity of votes while he himself played a role in ousting Pakistan Peoples Party government in the ‘90s.

“You yourself violated the sanctity of the vote,” thundered the PAT chief.

He also warned that the protesters should not be taken for granted just because they are peaceful.

Qadri also thanked Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf delegation and Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed for extending their support for the sit-in.

Report cannot be made public: Rana Sanaullah

Law Minister Punjab Rana Sanullah, however, talking to Geo News earlier said that the case is still being heard by the court and the report cannot be made public till then. If the court deems fit it can make the report public, he added.

Sanaullah said that lawyers representing PAT had themselves challenged the constitution of the commission, adding that Tahirul Qadri is using the incident for political means.

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