ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Lahore High Court to pronounce a verdict in the petitions against the new JIT in the Model Town case in three months.
A three member bench of the SC headed by the Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the case while the top court also directed the chief justice of the high court to form a bench in light of this order.
The has upheld a Lahore High Court decision to stop the JIT’s investigation into the Model Town case.
During the hearing the court rejected requests by the Punjab government and Pakistan Awami Tehreek to overturn the high court’s ruling.
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed said a verdict on the Model Town incident has to be announced, come what may.
The PAT lawyer had argued that the decision to stop the JIT from working was made with ill intentions. He said the high court had interfered with the Supreme Court’s order, however, Justice Ahmed warned him not to involve the top court in this.
A lawyer representing the police said one FIR in this case was lodged by the government and the other by the PAT. Investigations cannot be conducted during a trial, he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that on March 22, 2019, LHC had dissolved the joint investigation team (JIT) constituted to investigate the 2014 Model Town incident afresh.
The new JIT was constituted on January 3 for a fresh probe into the 2014 Model Town carnage, following a notification issued by the Punjab chief secretary.
The LHC ordered the new JIT to stop the probe and annulled the notification of its constitution. It has sought a reply from the Punjab government regarding the new JIT.