JIT formed to probe Model Town incident

Updated Nov 13 2014

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Policemen look on with their weapons during clashes with supporters of Tahirul Qadri in Model Town, Lahore on June 17, 2014. —AFP/File
Policemen look on with their weapons during clashes with supporters of Tahirul Qadri in Model Town, Lahore on June 17, 2014. —AFP/File

LAHORE: The government formed a five-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on Thursday to probe into the Model Town incident, DawnNews reported.

Other than law enforcement agencies, the probe will also include representatives from the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI).

The investigation team will be headed by CCPO Quetta Abdul Razzaq Cheema.

The team will investigate the First Information Report (FIR) that had been lodged on August 28 in Faisal Town police station by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) lawyers.

Meanwhile, PAT leader Raheeq Abbasi has said that his party rejects the probe, stating the no one from the government had approached them regarding the investigation.

“We do not accept the JIT set up by the government,” Abbasi said.

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Eleven workers of PAT were killed and over 100 people were injured in the June 17 clash between police and PAT workers.

The killing led to anti-government protests led by PAT chief Tahirul Qadri who also staged a two month long sit-in in Islamabad.