Model Town tragedy report made public, announces Rana Sana

LAHORE (Sarzameen News)- Model Town tragedy report has been made public and visible on the website after Tuesday’s ruling by Lahore High Court, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah announced on Tuesday.

Contrary to the announcement of Rana Sana, the report is currently unavailable on the website of Punjab DGPR. The website link says “Service Unavailable” at the moment.

The ruling PML-N leader has reaffirmed his claim that the Model Town incident inquiry report doesn’t hold Shehbaz Sharif responsible. “The (Model Town incident) report only says probably the order of Shehbaz Sharif wasn’t forwarded,” the Punjab Law Minister said while speaking to a press conference in Lahore on Tuesday.

Rana Sanaullah went on to claim that not a single government official has been blamed in the report, stressing that it doesn’t hold any single individual responsible for the Model Town massacre. He declared the Justice Baqir Najfi commission report inconclusive and incomplete, adding that it wasn’t made public due to these concerns. Rana Sanaullah announced, “There are legal flaws in the report. It cannot be presented as evidence. No police official was declared responsible in the report.

Instead, the Law Minister blamed the activists of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) for the incident saying that the report states that the police faced tough resistance outside their the headquarters of Minaj-ul-Quran, and the activists were brought by Tahir ul Qadri.

“Qadri should tell who stopped the police from doing a lawful act, and gathered the activists,” he said adding that no directives were given to the police by the provincial government.

He admitted that directives were issued to remove illegal road blocks, which is a normal procedure. However, he said that no directives were issued to overrun the activists and that the Punjab chief secretary, intelligence officers and sixteen other officials were also present in the meeting.

While commenting on Lahore High Court (LHC) order to make the report public within thirty days, he responded that the Punjab government believes in the superiority of law and merit.

LHC three-member bench headed by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh has rejected Punjab government’s petition and upheld the decision to make the Model Town judicial inquiry report public. The court dismissed three appeals filed by the Punjab government against the release and ordered to public the report of Justice Baqir Najafi Commission within 30 days.

In September, LHC full bench had retained the single bench order to make Model Town report public, rejecting the petition filed by Punjab government to annul single bench order.

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