LAHORE - An anti-terrorism court on Thursday directed all 121 accused to appear in person on December 22 for framing charges against them in Model Town killings case.

The court issued the order on private complaint moved by Minhajul Quran Secretariat.  The court had summoned 124 persons. However, 121 accused persons appeared before the court except Rana Abdul Jabbar, former DIG Operations, and DSP Abdul Rahim Sherazi.  Minhajul Quran had moved a private complaint in the court seeking trial of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, Federal Ministers Saad Rafiq, Khawaja Asif, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah and others accusing them responsible for the murder of innocent PAT workers on June 17, 2014.

LHC moved against CM, law minister

A petition was moved to the LHC  for disqualification of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan on the basis of Model Town inquiry report.  Advocate Shoaib Saleem filed the petition submitting that the inquiry tribunal of Justice Ali Baqar Najafi in its inquiry report made it clear that the chief minister and the law minister submitted false affidavits on disengagement of police from the place of the occurrence.  He prayed the court to disqualify the respondents in light of Article 62 (1 ) (f) of the Constitution and direct the ECP to de-notify them as members assembly and bar them from performing their duties till disposal of the petition.

Reply sought in plea against Nawaz

The LHC sought reply from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Federal Ministry of Law and Justice on a petition challenging July 28 notification of the ECP that de-notified Nawaz Sharif as prime minister.

Ghulam Yasin has moved a petition, saying the ECP had de-notified Sharif illegally and the prime minister can only be removed through a no-confidence move in parliament under Article 95 of the Constitution.

The lawyer said since the ousted prime minister was elected through vote his de-notification was unconstitutional. He said the Constitution expressly commanded that a prime minister could be removed by a mandate of majority in the National Assembly that had elected him. He prayed to the court to set aside the notification issued by the ECP against Sharif for being unlawful.

After hearing initial arguments of the petitioner’s counsel, Justice Shahid Karim issued notices to the respondents for two weeks.