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July 16, 2014

Court seeks JIT report on Model Town incident

July 16, 2014

LAHORE: Additional District and Sessions Judge Safdar Bhatti on Tuesday sought a report from the Joint Investigation Team on a petition seeking registration of a case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, former provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah and interior minister Ch Nisar Ali, accusing them of murdering 14 people in the Model Town incident.
The prosecutor on Tuesday informed the court that the JIT was probing the Model Town incident. The court after hearing the argument of prosecutor sought the report from the JIT by July 19. As per the case details, the petition was filed by Minhajul Quran Secretariat Director Administration Jawad Hamid.
The complainant contended in his petition that he along with another Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) worker Tayyeb Zia was present at the Minhajul Quran Secretariat at midnight of between 16 and 17 June.
He said meanwhile he heard hue and cry outside the secretariat. When he came outside, he came to know that a heavy contingent of police, headed by DIG Operations Rana Abdul Jabbar, was busy removing barricades installed outside the secretariat for security purposes.
Moreover, on the occasion, the SP headquarters, SP Security, SHOs Kahnna and Nishter Town were also present. He informed the police officials that the barricades were installed on the directions of the court and the police department, he said. To this, he was told that all this was happening at the behest of Law Minister Rana Sana, he added. After a while, a large number of people gathered at the spot and police responded in aerial firing and teargas shelling, he said.
When bulldozers, he added, escorted by the police tried to move towards the residential block of the secretariat, a large number of female PAT workers made a human wall and tried to stop the bulldozers.
Seeing the wall of PAT workers, the DIG operations warned that if women did not clear the area before he counted three, he would give

orders of direct firing, and started counting. The complainant said as soon as the counting of Jabbar ended, police officials started direct firing and killed two female workers, Tanzila Ahmed and Shazia Murtaza. He said the police kept on firing, which caused loss of more lives, including Safdar Hussain, Muhammad Umer, Muhammad Iqbal, Asim Hussain, Ghulam Rasol and others.
He alleged the police not only disgraced ‘Gosha-e-Darood’ located at the secretariat but also looted valuables from there.Adding fuel to the fire, Gullu Butt, a blue-eyed of the rulers, damaged a lot of vehicles of visitors and staff parked outside the secretariat. The petitioner said that 14 innocent persons were killed and over 100 were injured in the firing incident.
He termed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Rana Sanaullah, Ch Nisar, Kh Saad Rafique, Kh Asif, Pervez Rasheed and other government officials responsible for the bloody incident at Minhajul Quran secretariat.
He pleaded that the police was given an application for registration of the case against the responsible persons but the case was not registered against them. He implored the court to issue directions for registration of case against them.

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