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Model Town case: AC allows police to question Sharif in jail

ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court (AC) Islamabad on Thursday allowed the Punjab police to interrogate former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is serving seven-year imprisonment in Kot Lakhpat Jail, in the Model Town case, ARY News reported.

Accountability Judge Arshad Malik was hearing a plea moved by DSP Muhammad Iqbal seeking permission to question the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader in the case.

The police official stated before the court that Sharif had been nominated in the Model Town case and demanded that the probe team be allowed to investigate him inside the jail.

However, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor opposed the plea, stating the applicant should approach the relevant forum which happens to be the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for the purpose.

Earlier, on March 7, the second joint investigation team (JIT), constituted to probe the Model Town carnage, interrogated PML-N leaders and recorded their statements.

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The probe team rejected a plea by PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif to record his statement without appearing before the JIT.

Shehbaz’s lawyer requested the JIT to grant his client exemption from personal appearance because of his ailing condition. However, the investigators said that Shehbaz could appear before the JIT once he felt better.

On June 17, 2014, at least 14 people were killed and 100 others injured when the police opened fire to disperse protesting Pakistan Awami Tehreek workers during an anti-encroachment operation outside the residence of PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri in Model Town Lahore.

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