ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has decided to file a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) within two days seeking constitution of a joint investigation team (JIT) on the pattern of Panama Papers case in Model Town incident.

PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has assigned the task of preparing a petition to his team of lawyers. The petition is likely to be filed on Wednesday or Thursday.

PAT sources said it would be appealed through a petition that further inquiry be held—keeping in view Justice Baqir Najafi’s report—a JIT be constituted and the accused should appear before it to record their statements.

Earlier on Sunday, Dr demanded the formation of a JIT along the lines of the one formed to probe the Panama Papers case, to investigate the Model Town incident.

Qadri was speaking to the media after a meeting with Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed, who called on him at his Model Town residence.

The PAT chief said the report of Justice Baqar Najafi declared Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah ‘killers’, adding that, “this is why they hid the report for three years”.

Qadri said that instead of releasing the report as ordered by Lahore High Court Justice Mazhar Naqvi, the government appealed the decision.

That decision was later turned down by a full bench which resulted in the government finally releasing the report last week.

“Every page of the report says they conspired to kill PAT workers,” claimed Qadri.

The PAT leader alleged that the government is keeping several people outside the country so they do not become approvers against it.

“We want a Panama-like JIT to investigate the case as the previous probe bodies did not do a complete job,” he demanded.

Reiterating his demand for Shehbaz and Sanaullah’s resignation and submission to police for investigation, Qadri said, “If they do not step down in peace, we will kick them out of power..without breaking the law”.

 

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