LHC orders Punjab govt to release judicial report of Model Town incident

Published: September 21, 2017
A file photo of the day of the Model Town clash. PHOTO: MEHMOOD QURESHI/EXPRESS

A file photo of the day of the Model Town clash. PHOTO: MEHMOOD QURESHI/EXPRESS

The Lahore High Court has ordered the government to release the inquiry report of 2014’s Model Town incident which left 14 Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers dead, Express News reported on Thursday.

On June 17, 2014, in police action against the party during an anti-encroachment operation outside the residence of party chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, 14 workers had died as a result of police firing and more than 80 were injured.

In the aftermath of the incident, a judicial tribunal headed by LHC’s Justice Ali Baqar Najafi had been constituted for finding out facts and fixing responsibility on the perpetrators.

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The commission completed the inquiry and submitted the report to the Punjab government on August 9, 2014. However, the government had refused to make it public since then.

The victims had then petitioned the high court through Barrister Syed Ali Zafar who argued that releasing the inquiry report was clearly a matter of public interest, and the government was bound under the law to give the required information to the general public.

On Tuesday, the LHC had reserved its verdict on the petition.

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