Model Town case: SC orders formation of new JIT

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday ordered Punjab government to form a new Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the Model Town case.

A five-member bench presided by the chief justice heard a petition filed by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri for the formation of a new JIT.

Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri informed the court that 10 people were killed and 71 got injured on June 17, 2014 when the protests broke out. He told the bench that according to his party’s records, as many as 510 people were injured and the first FIR was filed by police.

“The first JIT was also formed after the FIR was filed by police,” he said.

Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that it was difficult for them to obtain the Baqar Najafi report. He said that it seemed as if the doors of justice had finally opened.

“We wanted to hold hearings on the case daily but you requested holding them twice a week,” remarked the chief justice.

Justice Saqib Nisar asked the PAT chief regarding the testimonies that had been recorded.
“Out of 157, 23 witnesses have recorded their statements,” he said.

“After the indictment of former Punjab IGP Mushtaq Sukhera, the testimonies have to be recorded again,” said Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that witnesses were not willing to come forward to have their statements recorded due to a lack of trust in the current JIT.

“We want an impartial probe and have no reservations over formation of a new JIT,” said Advocate General Punjab Ahmed Awais.

The court then ordered the formation of a new JIT and said that if the advocate general had no reservations then he should go do his job.

Speaking to reporters outside the court, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri praised the decision to form a new JIT.