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Punjab police given the green light to interrogate Nawaz Sharif in the Model Town case

March 14 , 2019

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Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif will be interrogated in the Model Town case. The Punjab police have been given  the go-ahead  by an accountability court to interrogate the incarcerated PML-N founder.

Nawaz is currently serving a seven-year term at the Kot Lakhpat Jail after being convicted in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference by a NAB court. An Islamabad accountability court allowed the police to interrogate Nawaz at the jail.

DSP Muhammed Iqbal sought judicial permission to gain access to the former premier for an inquiry into the Model Town case. “Nawaz Sharif was prime minister when the Model Town tragedy took place. He was nominated in the FIR also,” the police official said in his appeal.

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The NAB counsel objected to the plea and said the appropriate forum for the Punjab police’s application is the high court. However, the accountability court overruled the objection and ordered NAB to allow the Punjab police access to Nawaz.

The Model Town investigators had recorded the statements of the PML-N leaders named in the FIR — Rana Sanaullah, Khawaja Asif and Pervaiz Rashid. Shehbaz Sharif, the then chief minister of the province, has already recorded his written statement.

On June 17, 2014, policemen, called from various districts of the province, opened fire and killed 14 people, including two women, in an overnight operation allegedly initiated to remove the barricades placed outside the residence of Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.

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