Sahiwal incident: LHC reserves verdict on petitions for commission
The bench headed by LHC Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan heard the petitions filed by Muhammad Jalil, brother of victim Khalil, and others for formation of the judicial commission on the Sahiwal incident.
As the proceedings resumed, a law officer submitted a report of judicial inquiry conducted by senior civil judge Sahiwal into the incident.
The petitioners’ counsel pleaded with the court to issue directions for formation of judicial commission to probe the incident. They submitted that a judicial commission could be formed to probe the incident as a judicial commission was also formed to probe Model Town incident in the past. The court was further apprised that an application was also forwarded to the government for the formation of the commission but no action had been taken yet.
However, Additional Attorney General Ishtiaq A Khan opposed the plea saying that there was no need of the commission.
At this, the court observed that how court could order for formation of the commission. Only the federal government was empowered to form the judicial commission and the court could not issue any order in this regard, the Chief Justice added.
He further observed that Model Town commission was also formed by the government while reserving the verdict.