Model Town tragedy: Clean chit for premier and Punjab CM

The JIT’s report states Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other federal ministers, including the officers of DIG- and CCPO-level were not involved in the incident.

By Afzal Khan

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Published: Sat 23 May 2015, 12:18 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:22 PM

Islamabad — A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing last year’s deadly clashes between Punjab police and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers has held 10 police officers responsible, while giving a clean chit to the prime minister and the Punjab chief minister, a private TV channel reported.

On June 17, 2014, at least 14 workers of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s party were killed and 90 others in injured allegedly as a result of indiscriminate firing by police in Lahore’s Model Town neighbourhood.

After the first inquiry team was rejected by the leadership of the PAT, a new five-member JIT was formed

The new JIT comprised Quetta CCPO Abdul Razzaq Cheema, SSP Shehzad Akbar, CIA DSP Khalid Abubakar, Col. Ahmad from the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) and Mohammed Ali from the IB (Intelligence Bureau). PAT had rejected this JIT as well.

The JIT’s report states Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and other federal ministers, including the officers of DIG- and CCPO-level were not involved in the incident.

The PAT rejected the report saying the JIT was hand-picked by the chief minister and lacked independence to conduct a fair probe.

However, the report adds, SP Security Salman Khan was present with the police officers at the time of the incident. When PAT workers threw stones as well as patrol bombs on the police, it was SP Salman who ordered the firing, and had fired bullets himself as well.

Besides the SP, those who have been held responsible for the killings of PAT workers include SHO Amir Saleem, two sub-inspectors of the Elite Force and seven constables.

Five of the officers are already in custody whereas the arrest of the remaining will be decided by the law enforcers.

Based on the August 28 case lodged by Minhajul Quran (MuQ), the Punjab government had finally formed a new investigation team but it was rejected by the PAT leadership.

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