The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the June 17 violence in Model Town on Saturday submitted a report in court saying that Pakistan Awami Tehreek workers had refused to record their statements.
The JIT said efforts were under way to collect more evidence and complete the investigation at the earliest possible.
It said 690 police officials – 11 deputy superintendents, 17 inspectors, 43 sub-inspectors, 57 assistant sub-inspectors and 562 head constables and constables – had been questioned.
The court fixed August 5 for further hearing.
Meanwhile, an anti-terrorism court extended for two days physical remand of five police officials allegedly involved in the rioting in which 14 people were killed. Faisal Town police produced Inspector Amir Sheikh, SI Hafiz Athar and constables Khurram, Naveed and Nawaz in the court.
The investigation officer requested the court to extend the remand saying that investigation was not complete.
The court earlier remanded the policemen for 12 days. The counsel for the policemen requested the court to send them on judicial remand. Also on Saturday, an anti-terrorism court adjourned proceedings on a pre-arrest bail application by SP Salman Ali Khan accused of ordering Elite Force men to open fire on PAT workers.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2014.