LAHORE: The new Joint Investigation Team (JIT), constituted to probe into the Model Town tragedy, has expanded its investigation scope by summoning important political personalities and top police officials.
Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz and former federal interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali have been sent notices to appear before the JIT today (Monday) at 10pm to record their statements.
In a separate summons, former Lahore Mujahid Force superintendent of police Abdul Raheem Shirazi, SP Operation Model Town Tariq Aziz, SP Investigation Muhammad Nadeem and others have been called on Tuesday at 10:30am for the same purpose.
The Punjab Home Department had constituted a new JIT on January 4 to probe into the Model Town tragedy which is being headed by the Motorways IG AD Khawaja.
Also other PML-N leaders, including former defence minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, former information minister Pervaiz Rasheed, former minister for water and power Abid Sher Ali, former provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah, former personal secretary for Punjab CM Imdadullah, former deputy secretary law Haji Muhammad Nawaz Gondal and the then ADC Revenue Irfan Nawaz, have been summoned to record their statements.
Among other senior police officers who have been summoned to record their statements are; Lahore SP Maroof Safdar Wahila, Iqbal Town SP Operation Farrukh Raza, SHO Inspector Muhammad Younis, Gulshan Rizvi inspector Muhammad Hussain and Elite Force ASI Rauf Ahmed.
On June 17, 2014 in Model Town, Lahore, members of the Punjab police opened fire on unarmed Pakistan Awami Tehreek protesters, killing 14 men and women.