Model Town clashes: Sessions court orders cases be registered against PM, Punjab CM

LAHORE: A sessions court has ordered that cases be registered against 22 people, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, over the June 17 Model Town clashes, Express News reported.

Around 14 PAT supporters were killed and over 80 were injured in the deadly clashes between the police and PAT workers.

The court gave its verdict on Saturday on an application filed by the secretary of Minhajul Quran, the organisation founded by Dr Tahirul Qadri, who is also the chief of PAT.

The court has also ordered cases to be registered against former Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah and former principal secretary Dr Tauqir Shah.

Earlier, a one-man judicial commission formed to probe into the incident also submitted its verdict to the Lahore High Court and held provincial departments responsible for the incident.

However, no single department was specifically held responsible by judicial commission, while any action is yet to be taken against the departments mentioned in the report.

Earlier on June 20, following the Model Town incident, Shahbaz Sharif removed Sanaullah and Dr Tauqir Shah from their posts.

“To ensure fair and transparent investigation of the incident, we have decided to remove Rana Sanaullah from his post,” Shahbaz had said.