Model town tragedy: Was unaware of operation carried out by police against PAT workers, says Shahbaz

Punjab chief minister says he found out about operation against PAT activists next morning on TV

Web Desk March 14, 2015
Punjab CM records his statement before JIT . PHOTO: INP

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday that he was unaware of the operation carried out by police against Pakistan Awami Tehreek activists in Model Town, Express News reported.

On June 17, 2014, at least 14 Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers were killed and 90 were in injured in clashes with police in Lahore. As a result, a joint investigation team (JIT) was formed by the Punjab government to probe into tragedy.

Read: New JIT formed to probe Model Town tragedy

"I found about it the next morning on TV," he clarified in his statement recorded before the JIT on Saturday.

Instead of asking the JIT to visit CM House, Shahbaz visited the investigation team's office himself to get his statement recorded.

PAT, however, still continued rejecting the JIT and did not visit its office to get any statement recorded.

Read: Model Town tragedy: New JIT rejected by PAT leadership

Earlier, an FIR of the incident was lodged by police against the PAT activists. Another report on the complaint of PAT was also lodged two months after the incident, naming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab CM, MNA Hamza Shahbaz, and 14 other high profile leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).


Saad Hussain | 6 years ago | Reply Model town tragedy occurred on the orders of Shahbaz Sharif, if he is innocent then why does he not publish the report made by Justice Bakir Najvi?
Saad Hussain | 6 years ago | Reply Shahbaz Sharif is a killer and a liar. If he was innocent then why does he not publish the report made by Justice Bakir Najvi? Because he is not innocent and deserves to be executed. PAT is still fighting for justice and will protest in Faislabad on 22nd March. All should attend to show solidarity with PAT and the martyr's families.
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