LAHORE: The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif and 137 others nominated in a case lodged by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) regarding the 2014 Model Town incident; are issued notices by Supreme Court of Pakistan.

An application filed to the chief justice requesting to constitute a new Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to inquire into the killings of innocent workers of the PAT/Idara Minhajul Quran by a distressed woman of the incident named Bisma Amajad.

The other parliamentarians and bureaucrats nominated by the PAT including Punjab opposition leader Hamza Shahbaz, the former law minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, ex-railways minister Khwaja Saad Rafiq, ex-defence minister Khwaja Asif, the former information minister Pervez Rashid, the former state minister Abid Sher Ali, the former interior minister Nisar Ali Khan, the personal secretary to chief minister Syed Tauqir Shah, the former home minister Azam Suleman and the Lahore Commissioner Rashid Mahmood Langrial.

The accused police officers include ex-IGP Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera, former DIG Operations Lahore Rana Abdul Jabbar and then SP Security Salman Ali Khan.

A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will be heard the application on 19th November, 2018. The court would decide a legal point whether a new JIT could be formed at this stage of the case.

On previous Sept 26th 2018 a three-judge bench of the Lahore High Court with a majority decision by 2 to 1, had dismissed two criminal revision appeals challenging a trial court’s decision on a private complaint by the PAT to the extent of non-summoning of 12 suspects including PML-N’s leaders and bureaucrats.

“It may not be proper for this court (LHC) to enter into reasoning for non-summoning the respondents as blamed at this point in time when no accusation is made against the respondents and proceeding against them on the basis of such objection would be abuse of process of court.” The majority decision said.

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