PML-N leaders Pervaiz Rashid, Khawaja Asif and Rana Sanaullah appeared before the JIT investigating the Model Town case and recorded their statements in Islamabad on Thursday.
The five-member JIT team’s session was headed by Motorways IG AD Khowaja.
Meanwhile, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif’s request to submit his statement “not in person” has been rejected. Shehbaz called the investigation illegal.
Shehbaz said, “I am satisfied with the report of the first investigation team. Another investigation is illegal.”
According to us this isn’t legal, said Sanaullah. He said the trial is ongoing so the case cannot be investigated again.
Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Atiqul Zaman of the ISI and Lieutenant Colonel Irfan Mirza of the Military Intelligence are part of the JIT team, as are the Intelligence Bureau’s deputy director-general, Muhammad Ahmad Kamal, and Gilgit Baltistan Police Headquarters DIG Qamar Raza.
On June 17, 2014 in Lahore’s Model Town area, a clash occurred between workers of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek and the Punjab police. The clash left 14 people dead and 90 injured.
The first JIT’s report was rejected by the court on the request of the PAT on the basis that it did not have any victims’ or their families’ statements. The party had moved the Supreme Court for the formation of a new JIT. The court had ordered the Punjab government to constitute a new JIT and closed the case.
The Justice Baqir Najfi report had pointed out that the police never confirmed who gave the order for them to open fire on the public.