Model Town report: LHC adjourns Punjab government’s appeal till Nov 14

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LAHORE: A three-member bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday adjourned an Intra-Court Appeal (ICA) filed by the Punjab government against LHC single bench orders for making the Model Town Inquiry report public, till Nov 14.

Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh headed the full bench with Justice Syed Shahbaz Ali Rizvi and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmad.

At the outset of the hearing, Punjab government’s counsel Khawaja Haris appeared and submitted that he had brought the Model Town inquiry report for in-camera perusal of the bench.

However, the bench observed that it could not review the report on Thursday due to shortage of time and directed to present the report on Nov 14.

Later on, respondents’ counsel Khawaja Tariq Rahim and Muhammad Azhar Siddique started their arguments and pleaded with the court to dismiss the appeal.

It is pertinent to mention here that on last hearing, Punjab government’s counsel offered to present the Model Town in-camera report for perusal which was accepted by the bench.

A single bench comprising Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi had, on September 21, ordered the Punjab home secretary to make the Model Town report public while allowing a petition filed by heirs of Model Town incident victims.