LAHORE - An anti-terrorism court issued standing arrest warrants for Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s general secretary Khurram Nawaz Gandapur and five other party’s men for not attending proceedings of a case of firing at police during Model Town incident which claimed lives of 15 people left 1oo others badly injured.

The suspects had already been declared proclaimed offenders for not joining the courts’ proceedings and non-appearance in the court rooms.

Faisal Town police had registered the case alleging that the suspects opened fire on police personnel during an Anti-Encroachment operation outside Minjhajul Quran Secretariat in Model Town on June 17. PAT leadership had announced that they would not join courts’ proceedings.

Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court on Tuesday sought reply from the Punjab government and Election Commission of Pakistan on a petition seeking direction for Punjab government to hold local government election in the province without further delay.

Advocate Rizwan Gill had filed the petition saying that establish the local government was constitutional command but the provincial government was violating it by not holding the local bodies election.

He said that delaying local bodies election amounted to disregarding the true spirit of democracy. He said that the Supreme Court had already given a deadline for the polls but the government failed to comply with the order. He requested to order the government to hold the polls immediately even on the basis of old delimitation.

After hearing initial arguments, Justice Shehzada Mazhar of the LHC directed the respondents to submit reply within one week.