LHC approves contempt petition against Punjab CM for hearing
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday approved Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) petition, seeking contempt proceedings, for hearing against Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and the provincial Chief Secretary.
The petition has been filed over non compliance of the court orders about releasing the Model Town commission report.
The court has approved the petition for hearing on September 25.
The petitioner has adopted a stance that the provincial government has flouted the court orders after denying release of the probe report.
Terming the provincial government’s decision of withholding the report into killings of the party workers as sheer violation of the court orders, PAT leader Khurram Nawaz Gandapur claimed that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah were held responsible for the incident in the report.
A bench of LHC has also approved the provincial government’s intra-court appeal for hearing against release orders of the commission report by a single bench earlier.
The appeal states that as the matter is under review by a full bench of the high court, the decision of the single bench should be set aside, adding that the judicial report contains matters of national importance that cannot be disclosed at the moment.
On Friday, a large number of PAT workers and supporters staged a protest demonstration outside Civil Secretariat in Lahore against the provincial authorities for withholding the Model Town incident inquiry report.
Demanding the immediate release of the Justice Baqar Najafi report on the incident, PAT activists chanted slogans against PML-N government and Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif for dragging feet on the issue.
On the flip side, State Minister for Interior Affairs Talal Chaudhry was opined that the commission report was compiled to score political points while claiming that the inquiry report has no legal value.
He said that the provincial government had already registered an FIR and the trial was underway, implying all necessary measures had already been taken with regard to the incident.
On demand to public the report, he claimed that there were several other commission reports which were never been released so far.
Earlier this week, the LHC had announced its judgment on a petition filed by the PAT, ordering the provincial government to publish and public Justice Baqar Najafi Commission’s Report.
On July 17, 2014, 14 people were killed and 100 others injured when the police opened fire to scatter protesting PAT workers during an anti-encroachment operation outside the residence of PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.