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November 21, 2019

Model Town case: LHC adjourns plea against new JIT

Lahore

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November 21, 2019

LAHORE:A Lahore High Court (LHC) three-member bench on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of petitions against new joint investigation team (JIT) formed to probe the 2014-Model Town incident till November 21.

The bench headed by Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan heard the petitions filed by former Punjab police inspector Rizwan Qadir and constable Khurram Rafiq, facing trial in the Model Town incident, against the new JIT.

At the start of proceedings, the bench expressed annoyance over the request to adjourn proceedings by Idara Minhajul Quran’s counsel. The bench observed that how it could adjourn the matter without written application, adding that the application would be made part of the court record.

The bench reminded the counsel that it was his client who had given statements in the media that matter was being delayed. To which, the counsel argued that the chief justice did not have the authority to form the bench in the case. At this, the bench observed that how the bench could hear the matter after this objection.

The bench asked the counsel whether the bench could hear the issue of maintainability after this objection, in the light of Supreme Court orders. However, the counsel withdrew his objection after the bench observations on the matter.

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