JIT records Nawaz Sharif’s statement in the Model Town case at Kot Lakhpat Jail

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Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif recorded his statement on Wednesday before a joint investigation team of the Punjab police looking into the Model Town case.

He was interrogated for two hours at Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail.

The Punjab police were given the go-ahead on March 14 by an accountability court to interrogate the former prime minister. On Monday, former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif also recorded his statement before the JIT. During the hour-long interrogation, Shehbaz said he had no information about the Model Town incident till June 17 morning. “As soon as I was informed, I ordered the police force to backtrack,” said the PML-N president.

Investigators had already recorded on March 7 the statements of other PML-N leaders named in the FIR, such as Rana Sanaullah, Khawaja Asif and Pervaiz Rashid.

Related: Shehbaz Sharif records his statement in the Model Town case

“Nawaz Sharif was prime minister when the Model Town tragedy took place. He was also nominated in the FIR,” DSP Muhammed Iqbal said in the Punjab police’s application on March 14. In their plea, the police sought judicial permission to gain access to the former premier for an inquiry into the Model Town case.

Nawaz is currently serving a seven-year term at the Lahore prison after being convicted in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference by an accountability court. In two other NAB corruption references, he obtained bail. But his application to get bail in the Al-Azizia case on medical grounds was turned down by the Lahore High Court. Currently, Nawaz’s bail application is pending before the Supreme Court.

On June 17, 2014, policemen opened fire and killed 14 people, including two women, in an overnight operation allegedly initiated to remove the barricades placed outside the residence of PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.

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