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Model Town incident: JIT records Nawaz's statement in prison

Published: March 20, 2019
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A five-member JIT led by IG Motorway AD Khawaja had prepared 22 questions for the former prime minister. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

A five-member JIT led by IG Motorway AD Khawaja had prepared 22 questions for the former prime minister. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

A joint investigation team, formed to probe the Model Town tragedy, on Wednesday recorded the statement of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat prison, reported Express News.

Shehbaz records statement before JIT in Model Town case

 

A five-member JIT, led by IG Motorway AD Khawaja, prepared 22 questions for Nawaz and he was quizzed in his barrack.

The JIT had sought formal permission from the accountability court to record Nawaz’s statements in the case.

The Model Town incident took place on June 17, 2014, in which 14 people were killed and 100 others injured after police launched an assault on Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) supporters gathered outside the residence of their party chief Muhammad Tahirul Qadri in Model Town, Lahore.

A subsequent judicial inquiry report on the incident had pointed fingers at then Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah and the Punjab police for what had transpired that day.

On March 18, the team could not record his statement as statements of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) were also being recorded on the same day.

Meanwhile, an accountability court also permitted the JIT to record statements of the former railway minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, who had also been nominated in the case, in camp prison.

JIT allowed to grill Saad in Model Town incident

The investigation officer, Iqbal Hussain Shah had approached the court yesterday (Tuesday) to get permission in this regard which was granted by Judge Syed Najmul Hassan Bukhari.

The JIT is expected to record his statement in the prison in the next few days.

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