Apex Court directs ATC to hear Model Town case on daily basis


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LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday directed an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) to hear the Model Town case on daily basis.

A two-member bench of Supreme Court Lahore Registry headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar heard the suo motu case on delay in the provision of justice to the victims of the Model Town incident.

The Supreme Court also directed to wind up all the pending cases in the high court pertaining to Model Town incident in two weeks.

As many as fourteen people were killed and 100 others injured in a police action against Pakistan Awami Tehreek workers in Lahore’s Model Town area during an ‘anti-encroachment operation’ on June 17, 2014.

During the court proceeding, the apex court cancelled the leave application of ATC Judge Ijaz Awan and directed him to hear the case on day-to-day basis.

Earlier, Prosecutor General Lahore had presented before the bench a record and petitions of Model Town cases being heard in ATC and Lahore High Court.

The court also ordered the high court to give a verdict on the case pertaining to Model Town incident within two weeks.

The top court also ordered that Justice Ali Baqar Najafi’s report into the 2014 deadly clashes between police and followers of Tahir-ul-Qadri will become a part of the court’s records.

“We are not going against the law. The people who don’t respect the judges will not get any relaxation,” said Chief Justice Nisar while hearing the case. — NNI