Model Town tragedy : Tribunal summons four patients to testify tomorrow

LAHORE: The one-man inquiry tribunal consisting of Justice Ali Baqir Najfi of the Lahore High Court (LHC), probing into the Model Town incident, directed four persons, who are under treatment at Jinnah Hospital, to appear before the tribunal tomorrow (Friday) and record their statements. The judge also directed the inspector general of police (IGP) to submit his regular/interim report.
While recording his statement on Wednesday, the Jinnah Hospital medical superintendent (MS) said that all of the four injured inmates were conscious, stable and fit for recording their statement.
He said that after the tragedy, 23 people were admitted to the hospital out of which three died during treatment while 16 were discharged after treatment.
He said that the four inmates named Waqas, Meraj Din, Haroon and Arslan, were being treated for different fractures at orthopedic ward of the hospital.
The doctors, who conducted autopsies of 10 bodies, completed their statements whereas they also recorded their statements in respect of injured police personnel/officials and
tendered the medico-legal certificates.
The judge directed the CCPO and the MS to make necessary arrangements to produce the four inmates before the tribunal.
The tribunal also issued notices to the advocate general to respond to application filed by Advocate Aftab Ahmad Bajwa, questioning the legal status of the tribunal.
The judge observed that if someone had objections to the constitution of the tribunal, he
should no appear before it and observed that he was there “under the mandate of law.”
Advocate Bajwa requested to decide his application for provision of record of affidavits and statements of different government functionaries. He further requested to pass orders on his application for registration of case against police officers and other responsible persons, including the chief minister. 
The judge observed that decision on these applications would be announced today (Thursday).
Advocate Shabnam Nagi suggested that the chief minister be arrested and that he may be suspended which was necessary for holding an impartial inquiry. She said that over two weeks have passed but the people were raising fingers over the performance of the tribunal as no fruitful results could so far be seen.

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