LAHORE: The one-man inquiry tribunal consisting of Justice Ali Baqir Najafi of the Lahore High Court directed the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to provide detailed record/data of communication/telephonic conversation between Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif, former law minister Rana Sanaullah, former secretary to CM Dr Tauqir Shah, home secretary, commissioner, CCPO, DCO, Operations DIG and other police officials during operation at Minhajul Quran Secretariat in Model Town on June 17.
The judge directed the JIT to submit technical evidence/information i.e. call data reports and transcripts of conversation between the CM Shahbaz Sharif, former law minister Rana Sanaullah, former secretary to CM Dr Shah, home secretary, commissioner, CCPO, DCO, Operations DIG Rana Abdul Jabbar, Model Town Operations SP Tariq Aziz, Headquarters SP Mahroof Safdar Wahla, Sadar Operations SP Malik Awais, Iqbal Town Operations SP Umar Virk and various other police officers.
The judge remarked: “It is also deemed appropriate that in order to further probe into the matter and to ascertain true facts and circumstances, a report be requisitioned from the Special Branch SP, which shall include the video of the incident collected by it.”
The judge directed the directors general of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to submit reports as well, saying that the tribunal would like to know their viewpoints regarding the incident in order to ascertain facts and circumstances, which would also include their technical assistance.
He said: “The tribunal also feels it appropriate to summon a report from the concerned director of ISI of the incident together with necessary technical evidence/information by July 14.”
He also directed the inspector general of police (IGP) to submit detailed report on standard operating procedures (SOPs) regarding communication among police officials during an operation and on deployment of police officials during an operation.
The judge remarked that at present, at least one inquiry at the departmental level and the investigation were being conducted into Case No 510 registered with Faisal Town police station by the JIT, which is an independent agency.
The judge observed: “This tribunal is not exercising any supervisory role, but keeping itself abreast of any unearth of fact by the JIT in order to give its report within its terms of reference.”
On an application moved by Advocate Aftab Ahmad Bajwa, the judge directed the IGP to provide the information of SOPs for communication of his orders to the police officials on the ground during an operation such like the one under probe.
Investigation SP Karmat Ali submitted a report regarding the service of summons on the injured persons.
Additional Advocate General Mohammad Hanif Khatana submitted that Advocate Bajwa’s applications were not maintainable, particularly in view of the fact that he had challenged the constitution of the tribunal through a writ petition which was pending before a single bench of the LHC. He further submitted that the tribunal could summon any witness or document in order to find out facts and circumstances and also could accept affidavits.
Khattana had objected to requisitioning of reports from the JIT on a regular basis.
Additional IGP Altaf Hussain submitted a report stating that so far nothing adverse was done to the police officials, who conducted the June 17 operation.
Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) President Shafqat Chohan again volunteered to participate in the proceedings and stated that the executive committee of the bar had constituted a legal team for assistance.
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