LAHORE: The judicial tribunal comprised to investigate the incident that took place in Model Town, Lahore has completed its inquiry, after the submission of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif's statement, Express News reported on Saturday.
However, phone records that were submitted earlier to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), have proved to be incorrect -- as the data in question was that of June 16 and 17, but the ISI was provided with data from July 16 and 17.
Punjab Advocate General Hanif Khatana submitted Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's affidavit regarding the Model Town tragedy in the judicial tribunal investigating the clashes, Express News reported on Saturday.
According to the written statement, which was read out in open court, the premier learnt of the clashes after seeing news about the incident on television.
On June 17, at least 14 Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers were killed and dozens of others were injured in violent clashes between party activists and policemen in Lahore. The confrontation had started when a 15-member police team tried to remove barriers in front of PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s house and the Minhaj International Secretariat.
In his statement issued on Saturday, Shahbaz said that he had called former principal secretary Dr Tauqir Shah as soon as he learned of the incident.
The statement said that Shahbaz called ministers for a meeting right after Shah gave him details about the clashes. It was decided in the meeting that first aid would be provided to the injured as soon as possible.
The ministers also decided that a special tribunal would be formed and an investigation will be conducted.
According to the statement, it was decided during the meeting that Shah and former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah would be removed from their posts.
On July 25, Khatana had appeared before the tribunal and sought additional time to submit an affidavit on the behalf of the chief minister. The tribunal had allowed the request and asked the law officer to submit the affidavit on the next hearing, which took place today.
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