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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Model Town Incident | JIT finds no role of PM and Cm

 JIT finds no role of PM, Punjab CM, others

by  Usman Manzoor

ISLAMABAD: The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on Model Town killings, represented by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) besides others, has not found any conspiracy orchestrated by Prime Minister, Punjab Chief Minister, any federal or provincial minister or any of the civil servants.

Well-placed sources told The News that the JIT, comprising ISI, MI, special branch, Police, CIA, IB, after interrogation and investigation has concluded that the unfortunate event on June 17 which resulted in killing of 14 people was a product of spur of the moment and not because of any pre-planned conspiracy as accused by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Tahirul Qadri.

The sources said that as per JIT report the SP Model Town ordered policemen to open fire (aerial as per SP’s statement) after PAT’s workers opened fire on police.Moreover, the sources maintained that the JIT had concluded that all the policemen visible in the videos of the event told the JIT that they were ordered by their Superintendent of Police (SP) Model Town. They did not name anyone else. While the SP Model Town told the JIT that he only ordered for aerial firing and not the direct firing, the sources added. The sources said that none of the persons interviewed by the JIT named any other officers but the SP Model Town who ordered them to open fire. No one even named CCPO Lahore or Inspector General of Police or the Home Secretary i.e. the officers not present on the scene, let alone Rana Sanaullah, Punjab former law minister or Dr Tauqir Shah, former Secretary to CM, or Punjab chief minister or the prime minister.

The JIT has also not indicted any of the 21 persons against whom Dr Tahirul Qadri had submitted application for registration of FIR. Because the JIT could not interrogate the other party, it would therefore submit its challan of whatever it had gathered and concluded so far to the Punjab government which would likewise be presented before the court.