Model Town tragedy: I was kept out of loop, Shahbaz tells judicial tribunal

Published: July 27, 2014
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Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. PHOTO: APP

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. PHOTO: APP

LAHORE: 

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday submitted his statement before the tribunal probing the Model Town incident in which more than a dozen Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) activists were killed in clashes with police on June 17.

Representing the Punjab chief minister, Advocate General (AG) Punjab Hanif Khatana read the affidavit before the inquiry tribunal headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najfi, who later made it a part of the tribunal’s record.

In the statement, the chief minister said that he had ordered police to retreat when he had come to know through a television channel that the situation might worsen outside Minhajul Quran, where a large number of PAT workers and police contingents had come face to face at the time.

“I was at the Governor House in a swearing-in ceremony of the Lahore High Court Chief Justice,” the chief minister  said, adding that later when he went to Model Town to meet a foreign delegate, he was told during the meeting that some people had lost their lives while some were severely injured in clashes with police.

Shahbaz said when he came to know about the tragedy, he removed his principal secretary Dr Tauqir Shah for keeping him unaware about the incident.

The chief minister also claimed he was kept unaware of a meeting, held under the chair of then law minister Rana Sanaullah, regarding the removal of barriers outside the Minhajul Quran Secretariat.

Following the incident, he said he removed senior police officials including the CCPO, DIG Operations, and SP Model Town from their offices and ordered better treatment of the injured persons.

“I also constituted a Joint Investigation Team and requested the court for constitution of an Inquiry tribunal for impartial investigation into the matter,” he said.

During the proceedings, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Deputy Director Asad Ali Khan placed on record the analysis report excepts for certain cell phone numbers issued by the Warid Telecom.

As the company had incorrectly sent the cell phone data of July 16-17 instead of June 16-17, the tribunal issued notice to it to immediately send the cell phone data of the required date so that it might reach the Tribunal the same day (Saturday).

Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Asim Raza
    Jul 27, 2014 - 9:59AM

    12 people were killed point-blank range and many were injured on streets of Punjab capital under his nose and he is kept out of the loop. No one admits crimes

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  • Sodomite
    Jul 27, 2014 - 11:57AM

    Even Inspector Clouseau has better reasoning than CM Punjab.

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  • shar
    Jul 27, 2014 - 12:31PM

    Wrong data sent , these people are beyond reproach and will be ousted before end of august congratulations Pakistan

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  • Patriot
    Jul 27, 2014 - 1:51PM

    “Without a sound legal political system, a small group or even a single family can take control of an entire country. ”Pakistan Political & Legal system cannot be reformed it has to be eliminated and changed. An army of the people is invincible”

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  • Ajaz Haque
    Jul 27, 2014 - 9:37PM

    Mr. Shahbaz Sharif
    You are the Chief Minister of the province. If you do not know what is happening under you, then perhaps you should resign!

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  • Harris
    Aug 27, 2014 - 11:46AM

    After the tribunal report, there is no moral justification left for accused ministers to remain on seats. They should resign. If they are proved innocent, they can be re-instated. I think Tahir ul Qadri should also be punished for provoking violence in Model Town incident causing death of people.

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