Model Town tragedy: Dissenting note in JIT report pins blame on Shahbaz

Published: August 25, 2014
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A file photo of clashes between PAT supporters and police. PHOTO: MEHMOOD QURESHI/EXPRESS

A file photo of clashes between PAT supporters and police. PHOTO: MEHMOOD QURESHI/EXPRESS

LAHORE: In what is bound to provide fodder for protest rallies already calling for heads to roll, a number of members of a joint investigation team (JIT) investigating the Model Town shootings held the Shahbaz Sharif-led government responsible for the tragic incident, The Express Tribune has learnt.

According to sources, a few members of the JIT – which comprises representatives of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Police, Special Branch (SB) and Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) – have included an ‘Ikhtilafi’ (dissenting) note in the report, which pins the blame on the lower cadres of the police force.

The note states that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, then Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah, then principal secretary to the chief minister Dr Tauqeer Shah and other senior police officers were directly or indirectly  responsible for the killing of over a dozen PAT workers.

At least 14 PAT workers were killed and over 100 people were injured when police clashed with PAT workers on June 17 in front of Tahirul Qadri’s residence in Model Town, Lahore.

According to sources, Punjab police, the Special Branch, CTD and civilian spy agency, IB, tried to indict low-ranking police officials by convincing the Superintendent of Police (SP) Model Town to admit that he had only ordered policemen to open aerial fire after PAT workers opened fire on the police. The SP’s statement, however, could not be supported by any evidence because no weapons were recovered from PAT workers.

Further, in the dissenting note, the officials said that the FIR registered by the police on the Model Town incident should be discharged because PAT had not accepted it, no witnesses of the aggrieved party had appeared and the police had hidden key facts pertaining to the case.

Despite the JIT’s recommendations, Faisal Town police station has refused to register a case according to the PAT application in which 21 persons, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, have been named.

The 32-page JIT report has been submitted to the Punjab home secretary, Punjab inspector general of police and other concerned officials, sources familiar with the matter told The Express Tribune.

On Thursday, due to the completion of the investigation and submission of a charge sheet, an Anti-Terrorism Court sent four policemen, including Station House Officer (SHO) Sheikh Amir Saleem, Elite Force Inspector Hafiz Athar and two other low-ranking officials, on a 14-day judicial remand for their alleged involvement in the Model Town tragedy. The police said that the investigation process had been completed and there was no need to remand any other officials.

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Reader Comments (35)

  • Blithe
    Aug 25, 2014 - 10:01PM

    And what about the goons who started throwing bricks and beating policemen with sticks.

    What about those who go against the writ of the state??

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  • just_someone
    Aug 25, 2014 - 10:24PM

    The plot thickens….

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  • Zaka
    Aug 25, 2014 - 10:24PM

    Sharifs have to face the music.

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  • Jibran
    Aug 25, 2014 - 10:25PM

    The criminals and killers should be behind bars.

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  • MK
    Aug 25, 2014 - 10:49PM

    TAHIR UL QADRI ZINDABAAD

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  • imran ali
    Aug 25, 2014 - 11:19PM

    the time of Pakistani Czar is about to come end

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  • travis
    Aug 25, 2014 - 11:19PM

    14 innocents killed , sad

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  • H Chaudhry
    Aug 25, 2014 - 11:21PM

    Folks remember that Dissenting note is written when majority of finding is different in common law. This only means that most people in investigation reached a different conclusions, where as, the one not agreeing wrote a dissenting note. This is not going to have any impact on Shahbaz in court of law.

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  • Sara
    Aug 25, 2014 - 11:37PM

    Oh! So now courts are legitimate because they indicated PML-N, but if they wouldn’t had indicted them then they wouldn’t have been legitimate.
    Welcome to Naya Pakistan full of self-righteous people with U-Turn deceits.

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  • Anonymous
    Aug 25, 2014 - 11:40PM

    @Blithe, are you in any way implying that those goons be shot for doing so? I agree they should be put behind bars but them throwing sticks / bricks does not entitle anyone to fire at them.

    If Pakistan is to be a true democracy then police must be a servant to the public and not the other way around.

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  • Parvez
    Aug 25, 2014 - 11:42PM

    After an incident like this……the CM and the ministers involved have no ‘ moral authority ‘ to lead and must step down….so that the law can take its course.

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  • Razi Khan
    Aug 25, 2014 - 11:49PM

    I dont know what else needs to be proved before this ‘Chota Gullu Butt’ is dragged out of the CM house and to a place where he belongs; prison.

    That brings us to the question, who is acting in contempt of court, the people taking out the rallies or the people who have stopped the police from even registering an FIR?

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  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Aug 25, 2014 - 11:57PM

    What reports will be issued when PM Nawaz quits when so much damaging reports are issued against CM Shehbaz Sharif when he is very much on the throne. How paradoxical are those who order for killings then say they offer heartfelt condolences who have been killed. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidiformerdiplomat@hotmail.com

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  • ivehadit
    Aug 25, 2014 - 11:59PM

    Must stop practice of attention getting headlines – why does dissenting views make the top and the majority view not?

    Any surprise that the dissenting views are all military or related?

    This is all building the pressure for an extraconstitutional step. Watch out folks.

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  • Saqib
    Aug 26, 2014 - 12:22AM

    In this case, we see gross miscarriage of justice. Practically, the govt and its state machinery can kill anyone and will not allow any FIR to be registered even though the incident was telecast-ed live on TV channels and policemen and Gullu Butt were shown live on TV screens beating people, firing at innocent men & women and breaking car windows … Then we say that “Democracy is the best revenge”.

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  • Blithe
    Aug 26, 2014 - 1:19AM

    @Anonymous:
    How come the police were repelled thrice !!!

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  • Zayed
    Aug 26, 2014 - 1:54AM

    @Blithe: You would not be asking this if it was your family members in place of PAT workers. What writ? Why does it not apply to CM’s? When the law isn’t equal, justice isn’t judicious, WHAT WRIT!? The writ has always been a weapon to surpress the weak from speaking out.
    Look around the tunnel as well, please.

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  • Z
    Aug 26, 2014 - 3:29AM

    Dissenting note as highlighted above means that the Joint Investigation Team did not fully agree among themselves. The note says that SS and Rana Sanaullah could have been indirectly or directly involved, but its not proven. Facts in court will proof guilt or innocence. In case proven guilty then they should be given an exlempary punishment.

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  • Usman
    Aug 26, 2014 - 4:30AM

    E.T., I saw you mention ‘fodder for the protesters but didn’t see any mention of ‘justice to the families’? Is fodder to the protesters your concern of deliverance of justice to the families of the dead?

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  • Hassan
    Aug 26, 2014 - 4:42AM

    @Sara,
    Did you read the news item, or just commenting on the headline??

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  • Aug 26, 2014 - 5:05AM

    Police and IB is helping to save Nawaz Govt. and the good news is that all judges are also paid to support this Kingdom of Nawaz Shareef.I am deeply disappointed when i saw that cases against Govt. were left and the cases against opposition were handled in hurry to provide priveliges to Shaikh Nawaz Bin Muhammad Shareef

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  • Xulfjan
    Aug 26, 2014 - 6:37AM

    @Blithe:
    You kill them in cold blood of course!! Sharif Law of innocence…

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  • Aug 26, 2014 - 6:44AM

    ruling class in our country can not b sentenced for any crime.so our friends from N League rest assured their great leadership consisting of two real brothers,their children and dozens of relatives will come out of this crisis unharmed.Law in this country is meant for ordinary people.

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  • Nadir N.M Mahmood
    Aug 26, 2014 - 8:03AM

    What justification is left for the Sharifs to still clinging on to the power? If state is killing its citizen in stead of saving them then what right such a sate does have to carry on ?

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  • Sohaib
    Aug 26, 2014 - 8:11AM

    @Blithe:
    You use shields to stop them. Not bullets..Recommend

  • Zeeshan
    Aug 26, 2014 - 8:16AM

    @ivehadit:
    It’s not about attention, people died.

    Justice has to be served whether it’s constitutional, extra constitutional or out of constitution. At the end justice should prevail and should remain above constitution.

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  • salim
    Aug 26, 2014 - 1:28PM

    @Blithe:
    A very unrealistic comment. Punish those who threw bricks and stones and let the Provincial Govt and police who committed balatant murder and injured scores go scot free. Wah Wah!

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  • khan
    Aug 26, 2014 - 1:35PM

    @Jibran: including tahirul qadri & co.

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  • Aug 26, 2014 - 2:11PM

    @Usman:
    Very well said! This shows the mindset.

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  • Ali
    Aug 26, 2014 - 6:04PM

    @Blithe:
    Those goons starting throwing stones after they started firing. if you see the footage it is very clear.

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  • ghareeb Adami
    Aug 27, 2014 - 8:36AM

    Let us be careful in our comments lest democracy is derailed.

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  • Ishrat Salim
    Aug 27, 2014 - 3:55PM

    @ghareeb Adami:

    Let us get this out from our present mind-set that present protest is about ” derailment of democracy ” for gods sake. It is the democratic right for anyone to protest. It should be appreciated, there has not been such a peaceful protest for such a long time in our country, which speak volume about leadership…

    This is the beauty of democracy, to stage protest against legitimate demand & that is what PTI & PAT are doing….

    People who think democracy is in danger etc; are trying to paint it because their monopoly to maintain status quo under present system is in danger & will not be able to continue with loot & plunder, mismanagement etc;

    Democracy in present form stand derailed because :

    have these so-called democratic loving politicians have yet done local body election ?
    have these politicians, lawmakers etc; implemented 41 articles of the constitution ?
    Has the election of 2013 free, fair & transparent ?
    does these parties have intra-party election.. NO ! PML N , PPP, MQM, ANP etc; have cult leaders, so, what are these stupid politicians / political parties & people like you talking of democracy ?

    Democracy stands derailed already Mr ghareeb Admi….what PTI / PAT etc; are trying to do is to bring democracy on track, so support them, if not, watch events to un-fold…..

    This is a period of CHANGE & insha Allah CHANGE will come. Only the crooks are trying to protect themselves, because all have been exposed to be party in 2013 rigging. If one disagrees, let there be a fully independent commission ( with out influence of the present govt ) with mandate to investigate everyone named etc; & make report public unlike past commission reports….

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  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Aug 27, 2014 - 4:55PM

    What a shame for Punjab Government which did not take any cognizance of Model Town killing since June as if it was not involved in killing but now after Qadri took note of the incident it is being proved that PG ordered for killing. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Former Diplomat / Kuwait / Mobile (00965|)66229897 / zaidiformerdiplomat@hotmail.com

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  • Imran Qadri
    Aug 27, 2014 - 5:00PM

    A ranger personnel sometime back killed an alleged mobile snatcher at Boat Basin Karachi while he was resisting his arrest( Sarfaraz Shah vs Ranger case), in that case was DG rangers asked to resign? was Corp Commander asked to resign? Was CM/PM or interior minister asked to resign?

    No not a single senior Ranger official or Govt minister or functionary was asked to resign coz rangers troops at the scene on their own judgement took an action so only the ranger personnel who had fired the shot and his mobile in-charge had to face the court case(which later resulted in out of court monetary settlement)

    Same is the case with Model town incident, anti encroachment campaign which started the previous evening and was resisted and repelled by violent Qadri supporters for almost 12 hours during which police retreated 3 times as they had to face serious violent resistance from Qadri’s supporters, When police returned for the 4th time, some policeman apparently started firing live rounds on violent protesters and 14 lives were lost.

    Now someone should explain to me the following:

    Had police’s intention been to kill Qadri’s supporters from the onset of this episode then why would they have retreated 3 times without taking any lives?

    If some police officer took (wrong decision) to fire live bullets on violent protesters then why should all police force and their seniors and govt functionaries including CM,Interior Minister,Law minister and 21 others including federal ministers and PM be accused and nominated in the case when wrongdoing has been committed by few police man present on the scene?

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  • Ch Akif Ajmal
    Aug 28, 2014 - 2:47AM

    I am a supporter of PML(N). I strongly believe that CM should resign straight away and FIR should be launched only against Punjab Government and CM only but not against federal machinery.
    If CM is innocent and if their is any conspiracy from the “Hidden Force” then he should clearly make it public, other wise he should face the law. Also it should be made clear that no Hidden Force acts to use this case for political gain by threatening CM’s life even in-case he is innocent. ( As was done in Bhutto’s case where he was hanged unlawfully by Dictator)
    PM should not resign on the pressure of IK MOB.

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