Model Town carnage: PAT submits plea in LHC for issuing notification of new JIT ‎

LAHORE  – Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) on Saturday has filed a plea in Lahore High ‎Court (LHC) demanding Punjab government to issue notification regarding formation of new joint ‎investigation team (JIT) to probe Model Town carnage. ‎On December 5, Supreme Court (SC) had disposed of PAT’s plea and directed the provincial ‎government to reconstitute the team to investigate Model Town massacre.‎During the proceedings, PAT chief broke into tears and said that the victims of Model Town incident ‎were waiting for the justice from past four years. The previous JIT was formed without taking us into ‎confidence, he added.‎Earlier, Lahore High Court (LHC) had turned down PAT plea seeking summons of ex-prime minister ‎Nawaz Sharif, former Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) Shahbaz Sharif and ten other ministers in the case.‎PAT, in its appeal against the ruling of the trial court, had requested LHC to call former ministers ‎Khawaja Saad Rafique, Rana Sanaullah, Khawaja Asif and others in the case.‎Police sources had revealed that former Punjab law minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz ‎‎(PML-N) leader Rana Sanaullah was the mastermind of the carnage. Sanaullah had directed to launch ‎operation against the Model Town protesters despite opposition from the then home secretary Azam ‎Suleman, they added.‎On June 17, 2014, Punjab police went to remove the barriers placed outside PAT Chief Dr Tahirul ‎Qadri’s residence and MQI Secretariat in Model Town. The MQI workers resisted the move which led ‎to a deadly clash leaving 14 workers dead and dozens injured.‎

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