LHC seeks Model Town inquiry report on 14th

LAHORE – A Lahore High Court (LHC) full bench on Thursday asked the counsel for the Punjab government to present the Model Town inquiry report at the next hearing for its in-camera examination.

As proceedings commenced, Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh, head of a three-member bench, asked Khawaja Haris, counsel for the Punjab government, whether he had brought the inquiry report or not. Haris said he had brought the report with him. Justice Sheikh said, “The bench cannot peruse the report due to shortage of time.” The court directed the lawyer to bring the report on Nov 14, the next date of hearing, for an examination.

Later, lawyers of the victims and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek started their arguments by opposing government’s appeal. They said the public had the right to know the report and those who committed this act.

The victims’ lawyers, including Azhar Siddique and Khawaja Tariq Rahim, said that 14 people lost their lives and 95 others were injured in the Model Town shooting. They argued that the government had committed contempt of court, as they used contemptuous words in the appeal. They asked the bench to set aside the government’s appeal. Previously, the Punjab government’s lawyer Khawaja Haris concluded his arguments on the stance that release of Model Town inquiry report could affect proceedings on FIRs lodged in the Model Town incident.

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