LAHORE - One-judge Inquiry Tribunal has summoned Punjab Chief Secretary over reshuffling of bureaucracy before the Model Town incident which claimed lives of 11 people while 85 others were badly injured.
The Inquiry Tribunal comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najfi placed this order after recording the suggestions and submissions of lawyers while conducting proceedings of the Tribunal probing the said incident here on Monday.
However, two written applications were submitted before the Tribunal on the behalf of the former Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and former Personal Secretary to Punjab Chief Minister, Dr. Tauqir submitted a seeking exemption from appearance for one day (Monday) due to prevailing law and order situation.
During the proceedings, Justice Najfi observed that “In this view of the matter, the Tribunal deems it appropriate that the Chief Secretary be directed to appear before this Tribunal and submit the report regarding the facts and circumstances for such changes of the key postings in Lahore and the province of Punjab.”
Punjab Home Department Secretary submitted a report stating that joint investigation team had been constituted and also mentioned some of its members before the tribunal.
The Secretary Social Welfare and Baitulmal has stated that there is no specific head for disbursement of the compensation to the affectees of the incident, like one under probe, but the DCO, Lahore has placed on record the photocopies of the cheques issued in the names of legal heirs of nine deceased persons each for Rs 3 million.
The Secretary Health submitted a report regarding the medico-legal reports of the injured and the autopsy reports of the deceased, which was read before the Tribunal, in terms of the number of injured and the deceased persons.
IGP also submitted daily progress report which was made a part of record. He has made a written request for the exemption of his appearance on account of law and order situation prevailing in the Lahore. The Tribunal granted exemption for one day (Monday).
One of the audience suggested that one deceased Muhammad Iqbal’s son (name not known) was missing and had not been recovered so far.
He requested the judge to give directions to police for his recovery. As this, the judge directed Muhammad Nadeem, SP (Investigation), Model Town to trace him out and give a report before this tribunal on the next date of hearing.
Many valuable suggestions were made during the proceedings including the specific time for the recording of evidence of the eye-witnesses. The proceedings adjourned till June 26.