LAHORE - An anti-terrorism court yesterday framed charges against 46 workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek including five police officials allegedly involved in the Model Town incident.

However, the accused refused to accept the charges and termed them as baseless.

After indicting the accused, the judge ordered the prosecutor to produce witnesses on the next hearing, Oct 28. The accused who were indicted were of the first FIR of the incident.

However, PAT leadership refused to appear in the first FIR’s case. The court declared Raheeq Abbasi and Khurram Nawaz Ghandapur as proclaimed offenders for not appearing in the court and repeatedly ignoring the court’s orders.

The police officials who were indicted included former SHO of Faisal Town Police Station Amir Saleem, assistant Sub-inspector Azhar Mahmood, constable Naveed and others. In July last year, the police submitted challan and the court indicted accused in case after 15 months of submission of challan.

The said accused were nominated in three different FIRs - 661, 662 and 663/14 - registered with Faisal Town Police Station in connection with the Model Town incident under Sections 302/34, 324, 353, 148,149, 290, 291 of Pakistan Penal Code and 7-Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

PAT, though a court order, also got registered an FIR against PM Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar and 19 others for their alleged involvement in killing 14 persons and leaving 100 others severely injured in Model Town .

Meanwhile, the LHC accepted the application for early hearing of petitions seeking directions to make public the inquiry report of Model Town incident. The court directed the Registrar office to fix the petitions before the full bench for Nov 2.

Abdullah Malik, a social activist, has filed an application and pointed out that a full bench was holding proceedings on petitions to make the judicial inquiry report on Model Town incident public. Since August, the full bench did not hold proceedings, the petitioner says.

He submits that Model Town incident is an incident of great public importance. He says an inquiry tribunal headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najfi investigated it and prepared a report—which contains information about the perpetrators of the incident that made people vulnerable to the police atrocities and made them suffer.

The proceedings of the full bench on petitions which requested the court to bring the report before public were important and there should be no delay, says the petitioner. He prays the court to accept his plea for early hearing of the petitions.

At least 14 people died and 100 others injured during clash between police and workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek in June Last year when police contingents attacked Minhajul Quran Secretariat in Model Town over the matter of barriers lying in front of the Secretariat.

A full bench headed by Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan of the LHC is hearing petitions seeking directions to make public the report of inquiry tribunal on Model Town incident.

MQM CHIEF’S CASE: Wattan Party also filed a civil miscellaneous application in the Supreme Court for early hearing of the case of MQM Chief. Barrister Zafarullah Khan filed the petition and said that many cases against MQM Chief were pending in the SC.

He pleaded that all cases be consolidated and be heard. He also pleaded that MQM Chief be banned permanently for holding speech against state institutions including army and rangers.