LAHROE - The one-man judicial commission on Thursday started its proceedings in Tuesday’s Model Town tragedy with a direction to the Punjab police inspector general, Lahore Development Authority director general and the district coordination officer to submit on Friday (today) their detailed reports on the incident in which eight Pakistan Awami Tehrik workers were killed by police. Nobody from PAT was present in the LHC Library, the venue the commission will use for the assignment.
As the proceedings started, IGP Mushtaq Sukhera, DCO Capt (r) Usman and LDA DG Ahad Cheema submitted their initial reports to Justice Ali Baqar Najfi.
The IGP told the judge that the Model Town SP (Investigation) was looking into the tragedy and a report of the same would be submitted to the commission.
As the judge asked DCO Usman of his report about the operation, he only submitted an initial report. The LDA DG told the judge that his department had nothing to do with the operation. He requested the judge to guide him on the matter when the LDA was not involved in the operation.
The judge directed the IGP to submit record of the FIRs registered in this regard, daily updates in investigations and names of all officers deputed for the purpose.
He also directed the LDA chief to present minutes of the meetings held by the IGP and the capital city police officer about the operation. The commission directed the DCO to present a report on the barriers around the PAT secretariat and details of the officers who had been assigned duties for their removal.
Earlier, Advocate Aftab Bajwa submitted an application and requested Justice Baqar to stay away from the process for, according to him, politicians always used judiciary as a shield to conceal their wrongdoings. He said the history witnessed that the state authorities never complied with the directions and suggestions of any past commission. The judge said he would come up with an appropriate answer. Advocate Bajwa had nothing to do with the matter, but he stepped in as a member of the legal fraternity. As Justice Najfi sought suggestions from the audience, Advocate Abdullah Malik proposed the commission should summon all the relevant record available with all print and electronic media outlets as well as social media.
He also requested the judge to direct the police to produce all the people in illegal detention of police. He also requested the commission to issue directions to ensure issuance of medico-legal certificates and post-mortem reports without tampering with them. Another person from the audience also requested the judge to stop police from taking action on the FIRs registered in this regard. The people of the vicinity of Minhaj-ul-Quran also suffered a lot as their vehicles were damaged due to the operation and they needed compensation, he added.
Justice Najafi visits
Model Town site
Justice Ali Baqar Najafi of the Lahore High Court, heading the one-man tribunal holding inquiry into the Minhaj-ul-Quran incident, visited the site of occurrence along with registrar of the tribunal Jawad-ul-Hassan on Thursday and remained there for almost two hours.
Meanwhile, Director General of the Lahore Development Authority also submitted his brief report regarding the incident at the Model Town Secretariat of Minhaj-ul-Quran before the tribunal in the evening.
It may be recalled that the DG could not file the same in the afternoon and was directed to do the needful on Thursday without fail.