PML-N ministers challenge court order in murder case

August 24, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

LAHORE: Three ministers of PML-N yesterday challenged a sessions court’s order before the Lahore High Court wherein police was directed to lodge an FIR against the petitioners and others over Model Town incident in the light of an application filed by Idara Minhajul Quran.

The registrar office fixed the petition before Justice Iftikhar Hussain Shah; however, the judge refused to hear it and requested the chief justice to mark it to some other bench.

Acting Chief Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik then fixed the petition before Justice Mahmood Maqbool Bajwa.

The judge took up the petition and adjourned it for tomorrow (August 25) without any progress.

Federal Minister for Information Pervaiz Rasheed, Federal Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafiq and State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali filed the petition through Advocate Azam Nazir Tarar.

The petitioners demanded the LHC to set aside the order passed by an additional district & sessions judge on August 16, 2014 directing Faisal Town SHO to register an FIR against the petitioners and others, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on charges of killing at least 11 supporters of Pakistan Awami Tehreek outside Minhajul Quran Secretariat in Model Town on June 17.

The counsel contended that from the very outset Idara Minhajul Quran and PAT leaders, including its chief Dr Tahirul Qadri had been expressing their distrust over police and avoiding joining investigation of the incident.

He said they were invited/summoned by the police and a Joint Investigation Team time and again but no response was made.

 However, the Minhajul Quran preferred to file a petition under section 22A and 22B of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) before the sessions court for registration of FIR against the petitioners and other persons involved.

Advocate Tarar pleaded that the order passed by the respondent AD&SJ on the plea of respondent Minhajul Quran was illegal and liable to be set aside. He said since the respondent expressed distrust over police and JIT the exercise of filing a plea before the sessions court was in futility.

He said the judge failed to take into account a fact that the version of the respondent given in the petition had already been taken up by the JIT during investigation of FIR registered by the police.

He pointed out that five policemen were also arrested during the course of said investigation and there was no justification for registration of second FIR.