Police tried to cover up who gave orders to shoot: Model Town inquiry report
LAHORE: Justice Baqir Najfi fee, whereas terming the June 2014 tragedy in Lahore’s Model Town as “most unlucky incident” within the nation’s historical past, mentioned that police tried to cover up info as to who gave orders to open fireplace on protesters, in accordance to the fee report issued Tuesday.
The Authorities of Punjab, following orders by the Lahore Excessive Court docket, on Tuesday issued the Justice Baqir Najfi fee report on Model Town incident.
The incident in June 2014 had claimed lives of at the very least 14 folks and left over 100 others throughout an ‘anti-encroachment operation’ by the police exterior Idara Minhajul Quran in Lahore’s Model Town.
The report says that Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri introduced a protracted march from Rawalpindi to Lahore on June 23, 2014. Punjab Legislation Minister Rana Sanaullah mentioned they might not let Qadri obtain his targets.
It mentions the Lahore commissioner offered a report pertaining to unlawful measures of boundaries placement and encroachments round Minhajul Quran Secretariat in Lahore to the fee.
Authorities determined instant motion for elimination of encroachments at a gathering, it mentions. The assembly was attended by Secretary to CM Dr Tauqeer Shah, as a substitute of Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif.
Dr Tauqeer Shah expressed consent over elimination of boundaries [around Minhajul Quran Secretariat], whereas a authorized opinion relating to the operation was not sought from the Punjab advocate basic, the fee mentioned within the report.
It says the contributors of the assembly had been conscious of the Lahore Excessive Court docket verdict in 2011. The report phrases the Model Town tragedy an ‘unlucky incident’ within the historical past of Pakistan.
The fee additional talked about in its report that the Punjab CM submitted an affidavit stating that he got here to know of the incident within the morning of June 17.
CM Shehbaz telephoned his secretary, Tauqeer Shah, and ordered instant withdrawal of police from the scene, the report says. Shah mentioned the orders for withdrawal of police got by the legislation minister and residential secretary.
The report launched Tuesday states that workers of Town Municipal Administration (TMA) Gulberg reached Minhajul Quran Secretariat on June 16 for clearing encroachments.
It additionally says the tribunal was not given full powers so as to attain the core of the incident and that nobody is prepared to converse as to on whose orders police opened fireplace.
The report describes Model Town tragedy as worst incident of the nation’s historical past. Police demonstrated non-seriousness in the direction of unarmed people.
It could not be fallacious to say that efforts had been made to conceal the reality by now empowering the tribunal fully, it mentions.
All these named, together with Shehbaz Sharif, are usually not harmless with regard to tragedy. Police tried to cover up as to who gave orders for taking pictures, the report says.
The fee advisable that police should not order opening the fireplace in future with out orders by a Justice of the Peace.
Beneath is full inquiry report of the Model Town incident: