Tribunal allows Sanaullah, Tauqir to file affidavits by 30th


LAHORE: The one-man inquiry tribunal consisting of Justice Ali Baqir Najfi of the Lahore High Court (LHC) has directed former law minister, Rana Sanaullah, and former principal secretary to chief minister, Dr Tauqir Shah, to submit their affidavits about the Model Town incident by June 30 (Monday).The tribunal is probing into the June 17 clashes outside Minhajul Quran International secretariat in Model Town. When Rana Sana and Dr Tauqir appeared before the tribunal, the judge asked them as to if they had something to submit in writing or were ready to make oral statements.Rana Sana said that he needed three or four days to submit his statement on affidavit on which the tribunal gave him time till Monday. Dr Shah also made a similar request on which the tribunal also gave him time till Monday. The tribunal summoned the home secretary, Lahore commissioner and the capital city police officer (CCPO) for today (Friday). The tribunal also summoned all of the injured persons and directed the CCPO to ensure their presence before the tribunal. The tribunal also directed the health secretary to appear before it and also ensure presence of medical officers of Jinnah Hospital, Services Hospital, General Hospital and Ganga Ram Hospital with record of autopsies and medico-legal reports of victims.Earlier, the chief secretary in his statement on Thursday tried to justify the transfer of inspector general of police (IGP), district coordination officer (DCO) and other police officers and bureaucrats before the incident. He said that legal procedure was adopted for transfer of these officials. He said that after proper procedure, the chief minister ordered to appoint Mushtaq Sukhera as IGP.Lahore High Court Bar Association President Shafqat Mahmood Chohan also appeared before the tribunal and said that being a representative of lawyers, he wanted to assist the tribunal to finalise the probe. He said that regardless of political affiliation or status of any personality, the bar wanted justice. Some other lawyers also preferred suggestions as one of them said that the tribunal should summon Dr Tauqir’s phone data record to ascertain that with whom he was in contact during the operation while another lawyer proposed that the chief minister and former IGP Khan Baig should also be summoned. On request of the tribunal, three TV channels submitted footage of the incident on CDs.The tribunal has also set up an official email address to facilitate the masses in public interest and for the sake of justice. Now the people desirous of approaching the tribunal can share relevant information, material and evidence with the tribunal through email on tribunal.minhajulquran@gmail.com. The irrelevant material will be summarily rejected. The tribunal also desired that the Minhajul Quran International secretariat can also send information and material of evidence regarding the June 17 incident on abovementioned email address.

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