Model Town clashes: Tribunal seeks report from establishment secretary

In the previous hearing, the court had sought reports from the Punjab secretary establishment.


Our Correspondent July 23, 2014

LAHORE: A judicial tribunal investigating the Model Town clashes sought on Wednesday a report from the federal secretary of the Establishment Division regarding the incident which lead to the transfer of the inspector general of police (IGP) Punjab. 

At the previous hearing, the tribunal had sought reports from the Punjab secretary establishment. However, Punjab Advocate General Muhammad Hanif Khatana, appeared before the court on Wednesday and submitted that the federal secretary establishment was the appropriate person to provide a report, instead of the Punjab secretary.

Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Saiful Murtaza, who is also a member of the joint investigation team (JIT) constituted by the tribunal, provided the tribunal on Wednesday a photocopy of the application by Mohammad Jawad, the administrative director of the Minhajul Quran International Secretary, for the registration of an FIR against the incident.

Murtaza also provided a record of telephone numbers under the use of the concerned persons, as well as a report of the Special Branch, dated June 11 and June 14, regarding the return of Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahirul Qadri to Pakistan.

Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) deputy director Asad Ali Khan categorically stated that no report was demanded from them, nor was it presented to the provincial government immediately before the incident.

He also placed on record the analysis report regarding the cell phone numbers sent to him.

Intelligence Bureau Director Sajid Bilalul Rehman also submitted a report stating that no intelligence information was provided to the provincial government immediately before the incident.

Meanwhile, the tribunal also summoned all police officials who had submitted their affidavits before the tribunal for cross examination on Thursday (tomorrow).

Furthermore, the court has issued a notice to Mobilink for submission of cell phone data, which would then be sent to the ISI deputy director analysis.

Proceedings were adjourned till July 24.

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