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JIT records statement of Nawaz Sharif in Model Town tragedy case

JIT records statement of Nawaz Sharif in Model Town tragedy case
March 20, 2019
LAHORE (92 News) – The joint investigation team probing into the Model Town tragedy afresh recorded the statement of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Kot Lakhpat Jail on Wednesday. The team led by AD Khawaja remained in the jail for over two hours. It questioned Nawaz Sharif about the Model Town tragedy. He was also questioned about the steps taken by him after the tragedy as the chief executive. The JIT had already recorded the statement of former chief minister Shehbaz Sharif. Earlier, Accountability Court Judge Arshad Malik had allowed the JIT to investigate Nawaz Sharif. Punjab Police DSP Muhammad Iqbal had filed an application seeking permission to investigate Nawaz Sharif.
Shehbaz, Hamza & others refuse to appear before JIT
Earlier, former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif, his son Hamza Shehbaz, former law minister Rana Sanaullah and other Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) leaders had refused to appear before new joint investigation team (JIT) in the Model Town case. According to the reports, the new JIT summoned Shehbaz Sharif, Hamza Shehbaz, former law minister Rana Sanaullah, Abid Sher Ali, Khwaja Asif, Pervaiz Rashid and Chaudhry Nisar. Meanwhile, the new JIT could not complete the investigation report over Model Town case due to the non-cooperation of the political figures. The probe team also issued notice former personal secretary to CM and others to appear before the probe team and record their statement. Additional IG Iqbal Hasan Shah – who is convener of the JIT – had issued summons to the aforementioned political figures. The JIT has formally begun its investigation into the Model Town incident that had claimed over a dozen lives. It is worth mentioning here that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Khawaja Saad Rafique were also nominated in the case filed by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).
IG Motorways AD Khawaja appointed JIT head
On Jan 3, the Punjab Home Department has appointed Inspector General of National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP) AD Khawaja as the head of the joint investigation team (JIT) to probe into the Model Town tragedy. He has also served as IGP Sindh AD Khawaja. The JIT includes ISI representative Lt Col Muhammad Attique-uz-Zaman and MI representative Lt Col Irfan Mirza, IB Deputy Director General Muhammad Ahmed Kamal and DIG Headquarters Gilgit-Baltistan Qamar Raza. Home Department Additional Secretary Fazeel Asghar said that the JIT would investigate the matters pertaining to the Model Town tragedy. On October 6, the Supreme Court had taken notice of plea by Bisma Amjad, the daughter of Tanzila Amjad who was among those martyred in the Model Town firing incident, seeking the formation of a new investigation team to probe the carnage. On June 17, 2014, at least 14 people were killed and 100 others injured when the police opened fire to disperse protesting Pakistan Awami Tehreek workers during an anti-encroachment operation outside the residence of PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.