LAHORE - The one-judge inquiry tribunal, comprising Justice Ali Baqar Najfi, on Wednesday directed the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to provide detailed record of communication and telephonic data of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, former law minister Rana Sanaullah and Dr Tauqir Shah with the Punjab home secretary, the Lahore commissioner, DCO, DIG operations and other police officials during the operation days of June 16 and June 17 at Minhajul Quran Secretariat.
Justice Najfi also directed the director generals of Intelligence Bureau and Inter-Services Intelligence to submit a report besides providing technical assistance to the tribunal regarding the incident.
The IGP was also asked to submit a detailed report on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) regarding the communication among police officials during the operation and the presence of the police officials who had been deployed there to perform their duties.
Earlier, the Punjab government, through Additional Advocate General Hanif Khatana, raised an objection over the reports being sought from the Joint Investigation Team, saying that the JIT should be allowed to work independently. The judge said he was sure that the joint investigation team was working honestly and independently and the tribunal was not supervising it.
Khatana contended that applications of Advocate Aftab Bajwa, the lawyer of the victims of the Model Town incident, seeking complete record of the incident were not maintainable. “The complete record of the incident, including telephonic data, CCTV cameras’ photos, FIRs registered by police, the number of police officials and constables who participated in the operation, bullets and guns used by them and the big minds behind the incident of Model Town, which Bajwa had mentioned in his applications, could not be provided to him,” he said. He argued that only the inquiry tribunal was authorised to collect facts and evidences of the incident.
Bajwa requested the judge to ask the police authorities why an FIR had not been registered against those responsible for the incident.
On the other hand, no injured witness appeared before the tribunal to record his statement though it had issued summons to 11 injured witnesses. However, an injured constable, Amjad Ali, appeared and submitted his written statement.
Shafqat Mahmood Chohan, president, Lahore High Court Bar Association, voluntarily took part in the proceedings and stated that the LHCBA executive committee had constituted a legal team to assist the tribunal.