LAHORE - The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday extended stay on summons issued to former inspector general of Punjab Police Mushtaq Sukhera by trial court on a private complaint filed by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek in the Model Town killings case. A full bench headed by Justice Abdul Sami Khan took up the matter but it was second time when PAT’s counsel Advocate Rai Bashir Ahmad did not turn up. However, the former police chief was there along with his counsel. The bench expressed dismay over his non-appearance and extended stay on summons issued to the former provincial police chief.  Previously, the bench also expressed dismay over non-appearance of PAT counsel but even then the respondents’ counsel could not appear.  Sukhera through his counsel had pleaded that summons were issued on the basis of false information provided to the trial court. He said he had taken the charge of his office when the Model Town incident occurred in June 2014.

The former police chief said he had nothing to do with the incident while the PAT filed the private complaint before the ATC with a delay of 21 months.

He asked the court to set aside the summons.

The hearing adjourned until March 7.

The ATC had summoned 127 suspects, including Sukhera, former operations DIG, former Lahore DCO and others after allowing the private complaint moved by the PAT for the trial of the officers on charges of killing its workers during the firing incident outside the residence of Dr Tahirul Qadri in Model Town.