LAHORE- The Punjab Advocate General Hanif Khatana submitted Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s affidavit regarding the Model Town tragedy in the judicial tribunal investigating the clashes. On June 17, at least 14 Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers were killed and dozens were injured in violent clashes between party activists and policemen in Lahore. The confrontation had started when a 15-member police team tried to remove barriers in front of PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s house and the Minhaj International Secretariat.
According to the written statement, which was read out in the open court, the premier learnt of the clashes after seeing the news of the incident on television. Sharif in the statement informed that that he had called former principal secretary Dr Tauqir Shah as soon as he had learned of the incident. The statement said that Sharif called the ministers for a meeting right after Shah gave him details about the clashes. Furthermore a decision was made to remove Shah and former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah from their posts.