LAHORE - Despite the court orders, Lahore police Wednesday again refused to register a fresh FIR (first information report) about the Model Town incident on the application of Minhajul Quran administration.
A delegation of PAT workers led by senior lawyers visited the Faisal Town Police Station on Wednesday evening to get the case registered against the PML-N leadership and others but the SHO was not present in his office.
PAT workers said they believed the SHO deliberately left the office before they reached the police station. They also alleged that the police were using delaying tactics to deprive the complainant of their fundamental rights.
Earlier, an additional district and sessions judge had ordered the police to register criminal case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah and some other big guns of the federal and provincial hierarchy. The Lahore High Court dismissed the petition filed by the four federal ministers pleading the court to set aside the orders of the additional district and sessions judge.
A group of lawyers led-by advocate Mansoorur Rehman Afridi reached the Faisal Town Police Station along with the court orders. They remained present at the police station for at least two hours but the SHO did not appear. Later, they went to the office of the duty-officer and again filed the fresh application. After receiving application, the duty officer told the lawyers that the application would be sent to the concerned officers to get legal opinion about the matter. The PAT workers also staged protest demonstration against the police highhandedness in front of the Faisal Town Police Station.
Senior police officers are reluctant to say anything on this subject.
Judge Raja Muhammad Ajmal Khan had passed the order on the application filed by Minhajul Quran Secretariat under sections 22-A, 22-B seeking registration of criminal case against the top administrators and key members of the ruling party.
Allegedly, the Punjab police had killed 14 people and wounded around 90 others in Model Town on June 17.