Government of Punjab has made Justice Ali Baqir Najfi’s inquiry report of Model Town incident public on Tuesday after Lahore High Court (LHC) upheld its verdict over review petition filed by chief minister Shehbaz Sharif-led government.
The report was compiled by Justice Ali Baqir Najfi commission after the incident was probed following killing of at least 14 persons and scores were left wounded on June 17, 2014 in a clash between police and workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers in Model Town of Lahore.
Punjab Police had moved to remove the barriers placed outside Dr Tahirul Qadri’s residence and Minhajul Quran International (MQI) Secretariat in Model Town. The workers of MQI resisted the move which led to a deadly clash.
The report made public today stated: “The participants were in knowledge of the orders passed by Lahore High Court (LHC) and no legal opinion from Advocate General Punjab was sought prior to the decision to start the operation.”
“The then law minister, Rana Sanaaullah, had a strong point of view who decided not to allow Dr Qadri to take any opportunity to fulfill his objective,” the report added.
Report of the commission further reads: “Admittedly such a level of offensive by police by any stretch did not commensurate with the level of resistance by unarmed PAT workers.”
Justice Ali Baqir Najfi’s report on Model Town incident PDF [full text]