Lahore (December 05, 2017): Punjab government is mulling over challenging the Lahore High Court verdict ordering the provincial government to make public report a judicial inquiry into the 2014’s Model Town killings during a police operation against encroachments.
Sources said that Punjab government was considering to challenge the LHC verdict rejecting the provincial government appeal against a single member bench verdict ordering the government to release the report of judicial inquiry conducted by LHC judge Justice Baqir Najafi.
PML-N leader and Punjab Minister Zaeem Qadri said the government had the right to appeal against to the LHC decision in the Supreme Court.
He said that the report was incomplete therefore it was not made public. He said that Nawaz Sharif cannot be written off from the political scene through any verdict.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah is expected to address a press conference today wherein he will give the government’s formal reaction to the judgment.
It is to be mentioned here that on Tuesday a full bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) full bench ordered the Punjab government to make the report of a judicial inquiry into the 2014 Model Town Incident public within 30 days.The full bench headed by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh announced its reserved verdict dismissing three appeals filed by the Punjab government against the release of the report and ordered it to provide a copy to the families of the affectees.
The ongoing trial of a similar case in an Anti-Terrorism Court will not be affected by Justice Baqar Najafi’s report, the bench ruled. The Punjab government had argued that since the report was of a sensitive nature, it must not be made available to the public.
The government’s counsel Advocate Khawaja Harris had said that the findings in terrorism cases are kept under wraps due to the same reason all over the world.Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar counsel had argued that Punjab government’s refusal to release the report was an obstruction of justice. He had said the government was providing cover to the perpetrators of the Model Town incident, adding that the victims’ families wanted to know who ordered the police to use violence against them.
Subsequently, the bench ordered that the report be made public within 30 days.
On June 17, 2014, as many as 14 people were killed and 100 others injured when police attacked the residence of PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri in Model Town during an ‘anti-encroachment’ operation.