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Model Town incident: Police present challan in ATC



LAHORE: Police presented a 50-page challan in an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore on Saturday in which they stated that Gullu Butt was responsible for the Model Town tragedy, Express News reported.

Police produced Butt before the court and handed in the challan which stated that the Model Town incident escalated due to Butt’s involvement in it.

Butt was caught smashing cars during the clashes between Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers and the police outside the Minhajul Quran International Secretariat on June 17.

He smashed windscreens and windows of private vehicles with his club, while police officials looked on and the vandalism continued unabated.

On August 5, a division bench of the LHC had sought investigation record from police on a bail application by Butt.

His counsel had submitted that he was mentally unfit and that police had wrongfully implicated him in the case.


Firing incident: Father, son among 3 killed in Quetta



QUETTA: 

Three persons, including a man and his son, were gunned down on Friday near Irrigation Colony on Sariab Road. Both father and son were inside a butcher shop when gunmen opened fire at them.  “A shopper was also killed in the firing incident,” said Imran Qureshi, a senior police official of Sariab.

According to sources, the bodies were shifted to the Provincial Sandeman Hospital in Quetta for autopsies. The gunmen managed to escape from the scene despite the presence of a huge crowd at the time of the attack.

“There are several butcher shops in the area. However, we have reason to believe that this particular shop was targeted,” Qureshi said. “We don’t know who is responsible for the killings at this stage,” he added.

The deceased have been identified as Abdul Kareem and his son Akhtar Kakar and shopper Boor Muhammad. All the victims were residents of Quetta.

The bodies were handed over to their heirs after medico-legal formalities. Police have registered a case and opened investigation into the incident.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 30th, 2014.


Qadri rejects FIR registered in Model Town incident



ISLAMABAD: Addressing his supporters in what he called a ‘decisive’ rally on Thursday, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri refused to accept the FIR registered into the Model Town incident until it included the Anti-Terrorism Act and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s name.

“We will not accept the FIR until it is registered as per our application,” he added.

Further, Qadri again announced his charter of demands that included the registration of an FIR, resignation of Prime Minister and Chief Minister Punjab, dissolution of assemblies, formation of a national government, introduction of reforms, accountability of corrupt politicians and holding of free and fair elections.

Asking his workers to remain steadfast as they were about to reach their destination, he asked them wait until his next announcement for which he did not give any time frame.

Earlier, Qadri had announced August 28 as the last day of their sit-in. However, he offered no clues in his speech on what will the do after their sit-in ends.

At the beginning of his speech, the PAT chief had rejected that an FIR had been registered in the case. However, as the chief paused for prayers, PAT leader Raheeq Abbasi appeared on the stage with copy of the FIR sent for perusal of Qadri. The PAT chief read it once and pointed out that it was not in accordance with their demands.

Qadri then highlighted social ills in the society and said PAT had come to streets against those evils and for a revolution and end to discrimination, injustice, inequality, lawlessness, nepotism and corruption.

“This Constitution Avenue, which would later be renamed as Iniqlab avenue, had never witnessed such gathering in 67 years of country’s history,” he added.

Terming PAT and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers “first cousins”, Qadri urged “fight together and die together and no one be able to stop you.”

Qadri, who was carrying a copy of the Constitution, then focused on those provisions which guarantee fundamental rights of the citizen and obligations of the state. After elaborating every single provision dealing with the rights, Qadri said “state is responsible for well being of the people without any discrimination but it has not happened at all.”

“The Constitution is a cheque signed by founder of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and after 67 years we have come here to get it cashed,” Qadri said and added, “this cheque signed by the Quaid has been dishonored as they rulers said they did not have money for the people but had money to be spent on themselves and their children.”

The PAT chief also shared details of his meetings with the government negotiation teams particularly the last one in which several federal ministers and two provincial governors had participated. “The talks ended after ministers said they did not have mandate to take decisions,” he announced.


Model Town incident: PAT team fails to get FIR registered



LAHORE: Even after Lahore High Court’s (LHC) verdict to uphold a session court’s decision to register an FIR against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) top leadership in connection with the June 17 Model Town incident, a team of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) lawyers has failed to get the FIR registered.

The team of PAT lawyers – led by Minhajul Quran’s counsel Mansoorur Rehman Afridi – arrived at Faisal Town police station on Wednesday with the LHC order in hand. However, no duty officer was present at the station to approve the registration of the FIRs. The daily register and FIR book were also missing and only a head constable was on general duty.

“We have been asking to register the FIR for one hour but there is no one present,” a PAT lawyer said.

Sources said the police station had been ‘abandoned’ by its officials since the LHC upheld the sessions court’s decision to register an FIR against 21 federal and provincial leaders including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

When contacted, SHO Faisal Town Police Station Sharif Sindhu said he was not at the police station and because he was on leave. However, leave application for the officer could not be confirmed. “The police are currently seeking legal advice for the case,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2014.


Unfortunate incident: Two labourers suffocate while working inside well



KARACHI: 

At least two labourers died of suffocation while working in a well in Korangi on Sunday.

The men suffocated due to a poisonous gas inside the well in a cattle farm situated in Korangi, within the limits of Awami Colony police station.

Following this, rescuers from different welfare associations and the fire brigade department were called to retrieve them. However, their task was made difficult by the large crowd that had gathered. Law enforcers were therefore called to disperse the crowd.

Rescue workers climb inside the well to retrieve the bodies of the two labourers who suffocated to death. The men suffocated due to a poisonous gas inside the well in a cattle farm situated in Korangi. PHOTOS: RASHID AJMERI/EXPRESS

The rescuers were able to recover the bodies after hours of hard work. The deceased were then identified as Mashood Khan and Omar. Their bodies were taken to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for autopsies.

SHO Ahmed Butt said that the well was around 120 feet deep, adding that the men were killed almost instantly by the poisonous gas. No case has so far been registered as the incident is thought to be accidental. However, Butt added that the police are still waiting for the post-mortem report.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 25th, 2014.


Plea filed in LHC: Petition seeks fresh Model Town incident probe



LAHORE: 

A petition seeking a Supreme Court judge-led commission inquiry into the Model Town incident was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday.

Advocate Muhammad Irfan – who filed the petition – said the earlier inquiry conducted by a tribunal of the LHC had failed to provide conclusive answers. He added that if the previous inquiry had failed to fix the blame, it should be set aside.

Irfan sought directions for the provincial government to constitute a judicial commission in view of suggestions made by representatives of the Minhajul Quran International. He said the charitable organisation had confidence in the apex court and would wholeheartedly accept its conclusions.

According to the petitioner, the inquiry conducted by the LHC tribunal was one-sided. Furthermore, no representative from the Minhajul Quran was allowed to assist the tribunal in its investigations.

Moreover, Irfan also planned to amend the law and enhance the jurisdiction, power and authority of a tribunal so that its recommendations could be implemented and enforced as judicial order. He said that if these changes were approved, legal action could be taken against the government if it failed to implement them.

The petitioner asked the court to order the government to provide him the inquiry tribunal’s report in view of Article 19-A of the Constitution.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 24th, 2014.


Attack on Imran’s convoy: Politicians condemn Gujranwala incident



ISLAMABAD: 

The leadership of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has condemned the attack on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Azadi march convoy.

In an official statement released through PPP spokesperson Farhatullah Babar on Friday, former president and party co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned the incident. The PTI convoy, in particular party chief Imran Khan’s vehicle, was pelted with stones as it passed through Gujranwala.

Zardari termed the incident an “unacceptable demonstration of intolerance towards political dissent,” and said it would only add to existing tense political situation. He demanded an inquiry into the matter and the arrest and punishment of those found responsible.

Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah also termed hurling of stones on political rallies a ‘condemnable precedent’. Calling upon the Punjab government to take action against those responsible for inciting violence, he suggested the authorities use video footage to identify the perpetrators.

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Secretary General Liaquat Baloch also slammed the incident, saying a peaceful rally should not be turned into a violent one.

Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leaders Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi held Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif responsible for the attack.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2014.