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‘Serious faults detected in Najafi report’

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ISLAMABAD: A one-man committee, comprising former Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Khalil ur Rehman Khan has pointed out over a dozen flaws in the Model Town inquiry report and asked the Punjab government not to accept the inquiry report as it could fan sectarian tensions.

While making public the Model Town inquiry report on Tuesday on LHC orders, the Punjab government has also published a review of the report by Justice (R) Khalil ur Rehman Khan. The review report points out serious contradictions and flaws in Justice Baqar Najafi’s report and term it against sectarian harmony.

“I for the deficiencies noted herein above and for the reason enumerated would recommend that the government will be advised not to accept this report. Moreover, making the Report (public) specially the marked pages will be against public interest as it is likely to damage sectarian harmony and public peace”, says the 68-page analysis of Model Town Inquiry Report signed by Justice (R) Khalil ur Rehman who has also served as a Supreme Court judge.

The review noted that judgment of tribunal regarding Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif not passing the order of disengagement to police was “grossly unfair”. It says the finding of tribunal in this regards are self-contradictory as on the one hand the Tribunal says that such a direction “may have been passed listlessly” while on the other hand the Tribunal has observed that the “order of disengagement was not passed at all.

In his detailed review, the former LHC Chief Justice noted that Model Town Inquiry Tribunal ignored a number of facts and witness statements regarding firing on police by armed Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) workers on the day of unfortunate incident. The incident known as Model Town Tragedy took place on June 17, 2014 in which 14 people had been killed and 100 others injured when police launched an operation against the PAT workers gathered outside the residence of party chief Dr Tahirul Qadri in Model Town, Lahore.

The review report wondered why the tribunal ignored report of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) which detailed firing from the PAT chief’s residence injuring policemen. “The three police officials received bullet shots at about 9.30 a.m totally unprovoked when the police wanted to recover the besieged police officials.

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