SC issues notices to Punjab govt on plea for new JIT in Model Town incident

SC issues notices to Punjab govt on plea for new JIT in Model Town incident

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday issued notices to the Punjab government, provincial prosecution department and others on a plea seeking constitution of a new joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the Model Town incident.

The bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar issued notices on an application filed by Bisma, one of the

affectees of the Model Town incident.

At the outset of proceedings, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri appeared and pleaded with the bench for formation of a new JIT to probe the Model Town incident afresh.

He claimed that the matter was not fairly investigated in the past as the accused were themselves complainant in

the previous JIT. He submitted that the JIT recorded one-sided statements and the affectees did not appear before

it due to fear and pressure from the then government.

To a court query regarding formation of second JIT, the PAT chief submitted that second JIT were formed in many

cases, including Baldia Factory tragedy.

Dr Tahir also expressed reservations over appointment of Ahtisham Qadir as Prosecutor General Punjab.

Subsequently, the bench issued notices and sought response from the Punjab government and others.

The bench also asked concerned anti-terrorism court to take up the Model Town case twice a week instead of daily

and summon relevant officials.