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November 20, 2019

AGP seeks adjournment in Model Town case

National

November 20, 2019

LAHORE: Advocate General of Punjab (AGP) Ahmad Jamal Sukhera on Tuesday asked a Lahore High Court full bench to defer proceedings on petitions against the formation of a new Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the 2014 Model Town incident as the Supreme Court had also taken cognizance of the law points involved in the case.

In his arguments against the maintainability of the petitions, Sukhera said the high court should wait for a decision by the Supreme Court. However, the bench headed by Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan asked the law officer to cite a single judgment that restricted a high court from hearing a common matter pending before the apex court without any stay order. Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan and Justice Alia Neelum were the other members at the bench.

Justice Qasim Khan wondered and asked the law officer as if there was any bar on the high court to decide sensitive matters. Earlier, Idara Minhajul Quran’s counsel Azhar Siddique also requested the bench to adjourn hearing till a decision by the SC. However, the bench adjourned hearing till Wednesday (today).

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