Model Town report: LHC admits PAT’s contempt of court plea for hearing

Sep 23, 2017
LAHORE: Lahore High Court on Saturday admitted a petition filed by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) seeking a contempt of court proceeding against the Punjab government for failing to make the Model Town’s inquiry report public. The petition comes two days after a single-judge bench of the Lahore High Court directed the Punjab government to release the inquiry report of Justice Baqir Najfi in Model Town case. Reacting to the court’s order, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah feared the report, if released, would spark sectarian riots. He said that a section of the report must not be made public. The law minister also said that the government would challenge the co urt’s decision. At least 14 PAT's workers, including two women, were killed and over 100 were wounded in June 2014 when police tried to remove barricades from the central office of Minhaj ul Quran International in Lahore. A judicial commission was set up by the Punjab government to carry out a probe into the incident. PAT head Dr Tahir ul Qadri held the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and senior leaders of the ruling PML-N responsible for the Model Town incident. - SAMAA



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