Lahore (April 14, 2018): The Supreme Court on Saturday directed the courts hearing cases into the Model Town tragedy to speed up the trial into the cases.
A divisional bench headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan took suo moto notice of the case on April 8 after the affectees staged protest outside the Lahore registry and later one of the daughter of the victim, Bisma, met with the chief justice to demand speedy trial into the case.
The chief justice took suo moto over the delay and directed the Punjab government to submit the details of the reasons as to why the case is being lingered on for so long.During the court proceedings on Saturday, the court directed to wrap up the trial of the cases pertaining to the Model Town tragedy, which claimed lives of at least 14 people who were killed in cross fire between the PAT linked protesters and Punjab police, in the Lahore High Court within two weeks.
The court also directed the anti-terror court headed by Judge Awan to conduct day to day hearing into the case and wrap up the proceedings as early as possible. It had also directed to include the report prepared by Justice Baqar Najfi on the incident in the court proceedings.Advocate General Ashtar Ausaf, who was directed by the apex court in last hearing to seek details from Punjab government over reasons for delay in the process, would also submit a report in this regard by 4:00 PM.
The prosecutor general submitted the report on the record of the cases pertaining to Model Town tragedy during today’s proceedings.