Prosecution team of Model Town case replaced to ‘expedite proceedings’


LAHORE: Punjab government has replaced the prosecution team of the June 2014 Model Town case being heard by an anti-terrorism court (ATC).

As per the details, the government has replaced Deputy Prosecutor General Hafiz Asghar, Sheikh Saeed and Waqar Abid Bhatti and appointed Abdul Rauf Watto, Imtiaz Supra and Azra Sultan to “speed up the proceedings”.

A notification confirming the change of prosecution has also been issued.

Earlier, Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s (PAT) legal team expressed reservations about the legal team prosecuting the Model Town case and had asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to replace it and appoint a new one.

The premier had assured the PAT chief that the government would not back away from providing justice and implementing the law. While talking to the PAT chief on phone, the prime minister had assured him that everyone involved in the killing of PAT workers would be brought to justice.

On Friday, the premier had directed removal of police and district administration officials named in the Model Town case from their present postings.

As many as 125 police officers and district administration officers were named as accused in the private complaint filed by the PAT. Several of them had been re-shuffled by former Shehbaz Sharif-led Punjab government.

Earlier, the Lahore High Court (LHC) had dismissed an appeal filed by PAT on September 26. The petition requested the court to summon Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and former PM Nawaz Sharif in the said case.