Govt told to explain IGP’s transfer just before Model Town incident

*Tribunal issues final notice to Minhajul Quran to participate in proceedings

LAHORE: The one-man tribunal consisting of Justice Ali Baqir Najafi of the Lahore High Court, has directed the Punjab government to submit by tomorrow (Wednesday) circumstances leading to the immediate transfer of inspector general of police (IGP) before the June 17 Model Town incident.
During the course of hearing on Monday, the judge observed that the tribunal deemed it expedient to ascertain facts and circumstances leading to the change of IGP immediately before the unfortunate incident.
The tribunal also summoned reports from the Special Branch, Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) regarding prior information, which they hadprovided to the provincial government immediately before the incident.
About non-appearance of anybody from the Minhajul Quran Secretarial, the judge remarked that we had substantially completed our work but that we had not received any assistance by the Tehreek Minhajul Quran (TMQ) despite it was time and again issued notices to come forward and give evidence.
Against this backdrop, the judge issued final notice to the TMQ for July 25 to participatein the proceedings and furnish whatever evidence was available with it. 
The judge ruled that any mode of participation, involving modern devices, would be available to the TMQ, adding that if they (TMQ officials) were so willing, they may contact the registrar of the tribunal.
Earlier, DIG Rana Abdul Jabbar, SPs Maroof Safdar Wahla, Malik Awais, Umar Virk, Dr Farrukh Raza, Mohammad Nadeem, Agha Mohammad Ramzan, Abdul Raheem Sherazi and Salman Ali Khan submitted their affidavits, which were made part of the record. 
SP Tariq Aziz also submitted his medico-legal certificate (MLC) along with his affidavit.
On the direction of the tribunal, soft copies of cell phone data provided by Messrs Mobilink, Ufone and Warid Telecom were provided to ISI Deputy Director Asad Ali Khan for analysis by tomorrow.
Another cellular company, Zong, did not provide data on which the tribunal issued a notice to the company to provide data by tomorrow.
The tribunal directed Saiful Murtaza, a member of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), to hand over a copy of the application submitted by the Minhajul Quran Secretariat as their version of the unfortunate incident on the next date of hearing.

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