Decision on appeal against Model Town report today

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court will announce today verdict on Punjab government’s appeal challenging the decision of a single bench on the release of Justice Najfi’s report on Model Town incident.

A full bench, headed by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh, and comprising Justice Syed Shahbaz Ali Rizvi and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmad heard the arguments of both sides and reserved the judgment on November 24.  On September 21, the court of Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi ad ordered the Punjab government to release the Model Town inquiry report.  However, the Punjab government filed an appeal against the single bench’s decision.  Fourteen people were killed and another 85 sustained injuries when a clash erupted between police and PAT workers over the issue of barriers in 2014.

Notices to govt

The Lahore High Court on Monday gave another chance to the federal government to submit reply in petitions challenging “Electoral Reform Act 2017” which paved way for disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif to head his  political party.

Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah was hearing the petitions moved by Azhar Siddique and others. During the proceedings, a law officer pleaded the court to give some time to submit reply. The court accepted the plea and directed the law officer to come up with the reply on the next hearing, Dec 12.

The petitioners said that the SC had disqualified Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister but now he had made head of PML-N. They said that disqualified person cannot lead a political party but through new law he has been made as head of the party which is against the spirit of the Constitution. They prayed the court to bar Nawaz Sharif from leading PML-N.

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