LHC constitutes larger bench for Model Town hearing

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Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmad on Wednesday constituted a new full bench to hear a petition challenging the functioning of the one-member Model Town enquiry tribunal.

Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan will head the full bench, which also comprises of Justice Anwarul Haq and Justice Abdul Sattar Asghar.

The bench will resume hearing the petition from July 25.

Petitioner Qamar Sohail had argued that the constitution of the tribunal was against the judiciary’s honour. He said in the past, several judicial commissions were constituted but their recommendations were never implemented, which raised questions about the independence of the judiciary.

The petitioner further said that the government always requests judicial authorities to constitute commissions and inquiry tribunals, and uses them as a shield to protect their wrongdoings.

He requested the court to restrain the inquiry tribunal from holding proceedings on the Model Town incident.