LHC re­jects ap­peal to sum­mon Nawaz, Shah­baz in Model Town case

The Miracle - - Editotial - Source: dawn.com

A Lahore High Court (LHC) full bench on Wed­nes­day re­jected two sets of ap­peals chal­leng­ing a trial court’s de­ci­sion on a pri­vate com­plaint of the Pak­istan Awami Tehreek (PAT)/Idara Min­hajul Qu­ran re­gard­ing the 2014 Model Town in­ci­dent.The PAT in its ap­peal had chal­lenged the ear­lier de­ci­sion of an anti-ter­ror­ism court to the ex­tent of not sum­mon­ing 12 peo­ple (all for­mer par­lia­men­tar­i­ans of the PML-N in­clud­ing Nawaz Sharif and Shah­baz Sharif), nom­i­nated by the party in its pri­vate com­plaint. For­mer in­spec­tor gen­eral of Pun­jab po­lice, Mush­taq Ah­mad Sukhera and 127 other gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials had chal­lenged the ATC’s de­ci­sion to the ef­fect of their sum­mon­ing by the trial court in the com­plaint moved by the PAT. The ATC in April this year in­dicted 116 po­lice of­fi­cials on a pri­vate com­plaint filed by the Idara Min­hajul Qu­ran for their trial on charges of killing its work­ers dur­ing 2014 Model Town in­ci­dent. The 116 ac­cused in­dicted by the court pleaded not guilty and opted to con­test their trial. The bench headed by Jus­tice Muham­mad Qasim Khan had re­served its ver­dict on ap­peals chal­leng­ing the trial court’s de­ci­sion on June 27 af­ter Pun­jab Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral Eht­e­sham Qadir and lawyers of ap­pel­lants had con­cluded their ar­gu­ments. Jus­tice Aalia Neelum and Jus­tice Sar­dar Ah­mad Naeem were the other mem­bers of the bench. The court to­day de­cided to up­hold the ATC’s ear­lier de­ci­sion and re­jected the PAT ap­peal to sum­mon Nawaz, Shah­baz, Hamza Shah­baz, Rana Sanaullah, Kh­waja Saad Rafiq, Kh­waja Asif, Per­vaiz Rashid, Abid Sher Ali, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Syed Tauqir Shah, Azam Sule­man and Rashid Mah­mood Lan­grial, as well as Sukhera’s ap­peal. The bench re­jected the PAT’s ap­peal with a 2 to 1 ma­jor­ity. Jus­tice Muham­mad Qasim Ali Khan op­posed the de­ci­sion made by the two other judges to re­ject the ap­peal and is­sued dis­sent­ing note.

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