The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered Punjab government to form new JIT for model town case on Wednesday.
At least 14 people were killed and 100 others injured in police action against Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers in Lahore’s Model Town area during an ‘anti-encroachment operation’ on June 17, 2014.
A larger bench of the Supreme court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing the suo moto case pertaining to the formation of new JIT for Model Town case.
During proceedings, Advocate General Punjab Ahmed Awais assured the Supreme court that the provincial government would form a new JIT for model town case.
Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Tahir ul Qadri who appeared before the Supreme court spoke to reporters, stating that the supremacy of law had been upheld. “The court said that there was no other way but to form a JIT. The court’s stance was also supported by the Punjab government,” Tahir ul Qadri said.
The apex court had forwarded notices to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders in the case, as it was the ruling party in the province and centre during the time.
PML-N leaders Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif, Hamza Shehbaz, Saad Rafique, Chaudhry Nisar, Pervez Rashid, Khawaja Asif, Abid Sher Ali and Rana Sanaullah were sent notices.
Moreover, Advocate General Punjab Ahmed Awais was sent a notice by the Supreme Court.