JIT to record Nawaz’s statement in Model Town tragedy case on Monday

Federal cabinet conditionally approves removal of Nawaz’s name from ECL

LAHORE: The provincial home department of Punjab on Saturday permitted the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to interrogate former premier Nawaz Sharif in the Model Town tragedy – leaving 14 members of Minhaj-ul-Quran International (MQI) dead and dozens injured on June 17, 2014.
According to reports, the JIT members, led by the JIT head AD Khwaja, will record the statements of the former PM at the Kot Lakhpat jail on Monday, where he is serving a seven-year prison sentence in Al-Azizia Reference case.
Besides, the investigation team has already recorded the statements of various Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders in the case.
Earlier on March 14, an accountability court permitted Punjab police to record the statement of Sharif in the Model Town case.
Judge Arshad Malik had presided over the hearing on a plea filed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Muhammad Iqbal seeking court permission to interrogate Sharif in the jail.
However, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor Mirza Usman opposed the request and pleaded that the accountability court was not the proper forum to seek such permission.
The prosecutor had pleaded that the petitioner should approach the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in this regard.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had ordered formation of a new joint investigation team (JIT) to find the facts that led to the killing of 14 supporters of Dr Tahirul Qadri’s during a police action in Lahore.
On March 7, the newly-formed JIT had summoned PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif and party leaders Rana Sanaullah, Khawaja Asif and Pervaiz Rasheed to record their statements.


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