LAHORE - Justice Ali Baqar Najfi, holding proceedings of the Model Town incident, directed the capital city police officer and the Jinnah hospital medical superintendent to make necessary arrangements to produce all the injured who were able to record their statements by July 4 (tomorrow).

He also sought all consultative and medical record and reserved verdict till Thursday (today) on the applications challenging status of the inquiry tribunal. Advocate Aftab Bajwa filed three different applications, contending the inquiry tribunal was illegal and unconstitutional as the judiciary had been separated from the executive many years ago.

The petitioner said Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, the aggrieved party, had also not accepted the tribunal and its proceedings, so it should stop working. Aftab Bajwa said that, being counsel for the two aggrieved persons, he also wanted the complete record of all meetings of Rana Sanaullah and others with the chief secretary as well as the CCTV record.  In his third application, the petitioner-lawyer said Rana Sanaullah also made several visits to the commissioner’s office and held two meetings with the home secretary in this regard. He requested the judge to direct the authorities concerned to provide to him all the record. Justice Najfi accepted his applications and observed that the decisions would be announced on Thursday (today). Justice Najfi also directed the police high-ups to produce regular/interim investigation report before the tribunal on daily basis.

Earlier, the Jinnah Hospital medical superintendent appeared before the tribunal and submitted his report on 23 victims of the Model Town incident.

The MS told the judge that 16 patients had been discharged and three had expired while four were being treated at the hospital. He said they were stable and can give statements by appearing before the tribunal.

After recording the statements, the judge directed the capital city police officer and the Jinnah hospital medical superintendent to make necessary arrangements to produce all the injured who were able to record their statements by July 4 (tomorrow). The lawyers continued requesting the tribunal on its 8th day proceedings to summon the Punjab chief minister to record his statement as he was responsible for the Model Town tragedy which left 15 people dead and 85 others badly injured.

INQUIRY TRIBUNAL CHALLENGED

The Lahore High Court on Wednesday sought reply from the Punjab government within one week on a petition restraining one-judge inquiry tribunal from holding proceedings on the Model Town incident.

Aftab Ahmad Bajwa, a lawyer-petitioner, filed the petition and submitted the setting up of an inquiry tribunal comprising justices of high and supreme courts was unconstitutional. He said that the government always requested the judicial authorities to constitute commissions and inquiry tribunals, use them as a shield to protect their wrong doings.

Thus, the courts’ respect is ruined as well as the time is wasted, he added. He requested the court to restrain the inquiry tribunal from holding proceedings on Model Town incident. After hearing the initial arguments, Justice Abdul Sattar Asghar issued notice to the Punjab government and sought reply within one week.