Model Town incident: LHC directs Punjab govt to publish Justice Baqir report

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has directed Punjab government to publish Justice Baqir Najafi’s report on Model Town incident, Samaa reported Tuesday.

In the decision announced today, the full bench of the LHC has rejected Punjab government’s appeal challenging a single bench’s decision to release the report.

The court has now directed Punjab government to release the report within 30 days, and also provide the same to Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).

The court has observed that the report will not affect the ongoing trial.

The three-judge bench headed by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh reserved the ruling on November 24 on an intra-court appeal moved by the Punjab government challenging a single bench’s decision to release the report.

Other two members of the bench are Justice Syed Shahbaz Ali Rizvi and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmad.

Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi had on September 21 ordered the government to release the inquiry report compiled by Justice Baqir Najafi who handed it over to the Punjab chief secretary in 2014. But, the government has withheld the probe ever since. –Samaa

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Story first published: 5th December 2017

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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