PAT’s petition against govt fails to make way


A Sessions Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) petition seeking registration of cases against 21 people, including Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Khwaja Saad Rafique and former law minister Rana Sanaullah till July 19.

Additional District and Session Judge Safdar Ali Butt heard PAT’s petition.

PAT leader Jawad Hamid argued that ModelTown incident took place on the directives of CM Punjab and PML-N leadership. He said many innocent people lost their lives and dozens were injured in the tragic incident.

Jawad Hamid said police tried to protect the main culprits by ignoring the complaint of the affected families and filing a case on policemen’s behalf.

FaisalTown station house officer told court that all the record regarding case has been handed over to the joint investigation team, thus, it could not be presented before court.

Subsequently, the court summoned the case record from investigation team in the next hearing on July 19.

Last month, over a dozen Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers were killed and more than 80 injured during clash with police over removal of security barriers near PAT chief Tahirul Qadri s residence in ModelTown area of Lahore.

Some 1,000 police personnel including Elite Force commandos were involved in the operation.