Model Town JIT allowed to interrogate Saad Rafique

Model Town JIT allowed to interrogate Saad Rafique

LAHORE: An accountability court allowed a joint investigation team (JIT) formed to probe the Model Town incident to interrogate former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique in jail.

Accountability Court Judge Syed Najamul Hassan Bukhari passed the orders on an application filed by a Punjab police official, Iqbal Hussain, seeking permission to interrogate Khawaja Saad Rafique in jail in connection with the Model Town incident.

The applicant had submitted that Khawaja Saad was nominated in the First Information Report (FIR) of the Model Town incident.

He submitted that an anti-terrorism court was requested to grant permission for interrogation from Khawaja Saad Rafique through an application but the court directed to approach accountability court concerned for the purpose as he was in judicial custody in connection with Paragon City scam.

He requested the court to allow him to meet Saad in jail for the investigation of the case.

The court after hearing the arguments allowed the investigation officer, Iqbal Hussain, to interrogate Saad Rafique in jail.

The current JIT was constituted after a five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court disposed of a suo motu notice on December 5 after the Punjab government informed that a new JIT would be formed to investigate the Model Town case.

Model Town incident took place on June 17, 2014, in which 14 people were killed and 100 others injured after police took action against PAT supporters in Model Town, Lahore.

It is pertinent to mention here that an accountability court of Islamabad had already allowed the JIT to interrogate former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore.

Earlier, a JIT was also formed in 2014 which conducted and finalised its investigation in May 2015. The JIT had cleared Shehbaz Sharif and Rana Sanaullah and dismissed all charges levelled against them in the FIR.


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