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LHC extends Model Town JIT suspension until April 30

LAHORE: A bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) halted new Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe Model Town carnage till April 30, ARY News reported on Friday.

A three-member bench of LHC, headed by Justice Qasim Khan, heard the case.

Advocate General Punjab Ahmed Jamal Sukhera sought time from the court to submit the government’s reply.

Earlier, the counsel of constable Khurram Rafiq and others had argued before the court that after submission of the report of the first JIT another probe could not be constituted under the law and pleaded to the court to declare the decision of the government as void.

The court extended its order to JIT to stop probe until April 30.

The bench summoned the lawyers for arguments in the next hearing of the case.

The new JIT was constituted on January 3 this year for a fresh probe into the 2014 Model Town carnage, following a notification issued by the Punjab chief secretary.

The LHC ordered the new JIT to stop the probe and annulled the notification of its constitution.

On June 17, 2014, Punjab police went to remove the barriers placed outside PAT Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s residence and Minhajul Quran Secretariat in Model Town. The workers resisted the move which led to a deadly clash leaving 14 people dead and dozens injured.

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