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    Model Town tragedy: Justice Najafi report points fingers at Rana Sanaullah, Punjab Police

    Following a Lahore High Court (LHC) directive to make Justice Baqar Najafi's report — compiled after a judicial inquiry into the 2014 Model Town incident — available for public consumption, the Punjab government on Tuesday evening released the report through the website of its public relations directorate.

    From a reading of the conclusions of Justice Najafi's report, it is understandable why the provincial government fought tooth and nail to prevent its release.

    It is also understandable why its publication was preceded by a lengthy press conference by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah in which he sought to highlight the report's flaws, including what he called its reliance on "secondary evidence" and it, therefore, having no legal status whatsoever.

    He kept referring to it as "defective", and the Punjab government made sure the Justice Najafi report was accompanied online by a one-man committee's report on a review of its flaws.

    Delineating the chronology of events, Justice Najafi reports that then Punjab Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sanaullah seems to have already decided on June 16, 2014 that Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri would not be allowed any opportunity to hold a long march from Rawalpindi to Lahore, as the latter planned to do on June 23, 2014.

    This single-minded determination of the minister to thwart Dr Qadri's political objectives ended up influencing the police's heavy-handed strategy in dealing with the situation, which resulted in the needless loss of lives the very next day, Justice Najafi argues in the report.

    Though Justice Najafi himself does not affix responsibility for the tragedy, he invites readers to review the facts and circumstances and "easily fix the responsibility of the unfortunate Minhajul Quran incident" themselves.


    Some troubling observations made by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi

    "The operation planned and designed under the chairmanship of the then law minister resulted in gruesome killings could have easily been avoided."

    "The facts and circumstances of the bloodbath clearly show that the police officers actively participated in the massacre."

    "The apathy and recklessness of all authorities in Punjab in the matter under hand created genuine doubts about their innocence."

    "The actions of police of firing and severely beating the people on the crime scene is irrefutably suggestive that the police did exactly for which they were sent and gathered over there."


    A damning appraisal of events

    In his report, Justice Najafi recalls that, during the June 16 meeting, Sanaullah was told that the PAT was seeking to overthrow the government and bring a "revolution", which Sanaullah made clear that Qadri would not be allowed to achieve.

    The commissioner Lahore is then said to have briefed the minister about the barriers placed on roads around the PAT-run Minhajul Quran Academy, which were technically illegal and could be considered and treated as encroachments by the authorities.

    Going by Justice Najafi's account, Sanaullah seems to have seized on this 'excuse' to disperse the PAT supporters from Minhajul Quran's vicinity.

    It was "decided to remove them [the encroachments] with immediate effect," Justice Najafi writes.

    "Dr Tauqeer Shah also consented on behalf of the Chief Minister, Punjab, [Shahbaz Sharif] for the removal of the barriers," he sates, hinting at the possible involvement of the provincial chief executive.

    The police were sent over to take action. They reached the spot around midnight of June 16, 2014 to execute their orders, but “the furious mob and [PAT] sympathisers commenced pelting stones on police”, reads the report.

    “The police, as [a] retaliatory measure, resorted to firing towards the protesters, leaving many persons injured at the site of the incident [...] some of whom succumbed to their injuries afterward," the report states.

    Justice Najafi observes that the "level of offensive" used by police was not "by any stretch of imagination" commensurate with the resistance offered by the "unarmed PAT workers”.

    He also regrets the non-cooperation of the police in helping him dig out the truth. "[...] No police official from top to bottom, whether those who actively participated in the operation or not, [...] uttered a single word about the person under whose command the police resorted to firing upon the PAT workers,” he writes.

    “Understandably, all [police officials] were in unison in withholding the information from this tribunal… unfortunately, such are the facts and circumstances under which 14 persons have been shot,” Justice Najafi states.

    The judge also notes that the order to open fire must have been given specifically by an officer of the police not below the rank of an Assistant Superintendent or Deputy Superintendent of Police, according to Section 128 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898.

    "The tribunal, therefore, remained conscious of the deliberate silence and concealment of facts by police officials/officers [...] creating circumstances to think that the police had to abide by the command announced secretly (or openly) to achieve the target at the cost of even killing the unarmed but precious citizens of Pakistan."

    "This led the tribunal to say that this motif of betrayal of law by the police aimed at burying the truth speaks volumes of their high handedness," he states.

    More worryingly, Justice Najafi recalls that when the federal government was asked why the Punjab police chief and DCO Lahore were changed in the run-up to the Model Town "bloodbath", it did not provide any satisfactory response. "Such facts and circumstances obviously lead to an adverse opinion," his report states.

    There is more for the casual observer to wonder about: "The day (Jun 17, 2014) and time (between 10.30am to 12pm) both are very vital as the IG Punjab did not practically take over the command of Punjab Police [by then] and at the same time the honourable new chief justice was about to take oath. Had this tribunal been empowered to investigate, the hidden truth [regarding the government's behind-the-scenes machinations] might have been exposed," Justice Najafi writes.

    Doubts are also raised regarding the intentions of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

    "According to him, having seen the standoff at 9.30am on TV, he immediately contacted his secretary, Dr Tauqir Hussain Shah, on phone to order the police to disengage forthwith," recalls Dr Najafi. However, he notes, this statement does not corroborate with what Rana Sanaullah or the Punjab home secretary deposed before him.

    "The collected reports from all concerned and the affidavits submitted by the police officers in the field do not depict that any order of 'disengagement' by the chief minister, Punjab, was ever conveyed/received," the report states.

    "It is shocking to note that everyone has deliberately but unsuccessfully tried to cover each other from possible adverse legal effects."

    "While putting all the facts and the circumstances [together], it has become crystal clear that [the] order for disengagement was not passed at all. Rather, the position taken by CM Punjab appears to be an afterthought defense not taken before the nation in the press conference," Justice Najafi states.

    The report also expresses disappointment over the fact that the Punjab government did not empower the tribunal under Section 11 of the Punjab Tribunals Ordinance, 1959.

    “The entire gamut of facts and circumstances speak volumes that there was no good intention of the [Punjab] government to arrive at a definite and truthful result,” it states.


    'Najafi report doctored by government'

    Following the release of the Najafi report by the Punjab government, Dr Qadri rejected the report while talking to DawnNews, alleging that the report released by the government was a doctored version of the original.

    He said that the government had released the "doctored" version of the report after he announced to march towards Civil Secretariat with his supporters.

    The PAT chief claimed that the provincial government was hiding the original version and vowed to bring it to the fore while announcing to go ahead with his plan to march towards Civil Secretariat.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1374714/mo...-punjab-police


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    Another sazish by establishment....


    #Mein inko rolaonga

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    This report has apparently been tampered as the dates are wrong on the report. As they say that you need akal for nakal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King-Misbah View Post
    This report has apparently been tampered as the dates are wrong on the report. As they say that you need akal for nakal.
    Apparently the report was written in 2014 but somebody put 2017 date "by mistake"



    You can make a mistake of writing the previous year in the date upto January or February... first time I've heard that somebody put the wrong year three years in advance.



    Yet another "sazish" by the establishment.



    The Noora brigade is conspicuously absent from this thread, perhaps figuring out a way of how to pin this on the army


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    pmln in serious trouble if drmabaz gets caught @WebGuru.

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    Qadri asks followers to prepare for another sit-in

    Threatening the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government of staging yet another protest sit-in over the Model Town incident, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri asked his party workers to get ready.

    Addressing a news conference in Lahore, he accused the Punjab government of handing over non-attested copy of Justice Baqar Najafi commission report on the Model Town incident, Express News reported.

    Qadri said the report, which was made public by the provincial government on court orders on Tuesday, had been thoroughly examined and a comparative analysis of the report with the ‘original one’ will be carried out upon the latter’s arrival.

    A joint meeting of the party’s core committee and lawyers will take place on Thursday in this regard, he said, adding that “we are trying to acquire access to the original report”.

    The PAT chief said the provincial government was saying that nobody had been accused in the report; however, the Najafi Commission report was enough to frame Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah.

    According to the report, “removal of barriers was just an excuse while the decision of mass murder was made by Shehbaz Sharif and Rana Sanaullah”, he said.

    The firebrand cleric directed the party workers to prepare the container – a bullet-proof truck he has used in previous two anti-government sit-in demonstrations [2013 and 2014] – and remain on their toes as the protest call can be given ‘anytime’.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1577670...e-another-sit/


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Qadri asks followers to prepare for another sit-in

    Threatening the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government of staging yet another protest sit-in over the Model Town incident, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri asked his party workers to get ready.

    Addressing a news conference in Lahore, he accused the Punjab government of handing over non-attested copy of Justice Baqar Najafi commission report on the Model Town incident, Express News reported.

    Qadri said the report, which was made public by the provincial government on court orders on Tuesday, had been thoroughly examined and a comparative analysis of the report with the ‘original one’ will be carried out upon the latter’s arrival.

    A joint meeting of the party’s core committee and lawyers will take place on Thursday in this regard, he said, adding that “we are trying to acquire access to the original report”.

    The PAT chief said the provincial government was saying that nobody had been accused in the report; however, the Najafi Commission report was enough to frame Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah.

    According to the report, “removal of barriers was just an excuse while the decision of mass murder was made by Shehbaz Sharif and Rana Sanaullah”, he said.

    The firebrand cleric directed the party workers to prepare the container – a bullet-proof truck he has used in previous two anti-government sit-in demonstrations [2013 and 2014] – and remain on their toes as the protest call can be given ‘anytime’.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1577670...e-another-sit/
    Big trouble for PMLN; the Pir Saab also said that he will lead rally, protests soon! Around 30 Mnas/Mpas with pir saab. Qadri needs to stand his ground now to get justice for the people slaughtered in model town. We are with Qadri Saab regarding model town. I do not see PMLN winning the next election tbh. However, I could be wrong. Best thing we can have is PMLn broken into pieces. Time to get rid of these crooks and thugs from the biggest province of Pakistan and Baluchistan.

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    Zardari puts weight behind PAT's demand of CM Shahbaz's resignation

    PPP-Parliamentarians President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday joined Dr Tahirul Qadri in his demand for resignation of the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for his alleged role in the Model Town tragedy.

    "Enough is enough... Shahbaz has to resign and appear before the court," Zardari said. "After the [Justice Najafi] report, he stands condemned and a condemned person is not capable of being the chief minister of the largest province of Pakistan."

    Zardari made the demand during a joint press conference following a detailed meeting with Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Qadri in Lahore.

    Dr Qadri had earlier said that the Najafi report held the Punjab government and especially Law Minister Rana Sanaullah responsible for the 2014 incident, in which 14 PAT workers died and 100 were injured.

    Former president Zardari said he had discussed the need for the PPP and PAT to work together on Jerusalem issue as well. He said he wanted the United States to understand the repercussions of its decision to shift its embassy to Jerusalem.

    "We want to remain engaged with them [the US], but need to tell them that this decision will create difficulties for them, be it Afghanistan, Yemen or Pakistan," he said. "Their [US] action gives strength to the terrorist forces."

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1375165/za...zs-resignation


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    Imran assures PAT of joining protest

    Hours before former president Asif Ali Zardari met Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri in Lahore on Thursday, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan also assured him of his party’s all-out support for his demand to bring to justice those responsible for the 2014 Model Town carnage.

    During a phone call, Khan assured Qadri that PTI would join PAT if it decided to launch protest against government’s failure to nab the culprits. Both leaders decided to chalk out a joint strategy in this regard. “Senior leaders of both parties will soon meet to work out a joint strategy,” said a statement issued by PTI.

    Talking to media outside an anti-terrorism court earlier, Khan alleged that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah were behind the Model Town incident. “Both of them should be put behind bars immediately as Justice Baqir Najafi’s report exposed all their lies about the incident,” he said.
    He said he wanted to assure Qadri that PTI would join him whenever he announced protest against Punjab government over the case.

    “I will request all Pakistanis to come forward and protest against those killings to give a clear message to the rulers in Punjab that people will no longer tolerate killing of innocent citizens,” the PTI chief said. He said PTI would join PAT’s protest not for political gains but to show solidarity with the citizens who fell victim to Punjab government’s brutality.

    “It is necessary to bring to justice the criminals who under a well thought out plan not only terrorised but killed peaceful protesters in broad daylight,” Khan added.

    The PTI chief said the Punjab government had a habit of killing innocent people and then lodging cases of terrorism against them. “The Punjab rulers, not the PAT activists, are the real terrorists,” he said.

    He said the Najafi commission report had exposed Shehbaz’s claim that he had ordered police to disengage during the clash. Khan said the report had confirmed that Sanaullah chaired a meeting where a decision was taken to use force against unarmed PAT activists.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1578733...ining-protest/


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