The Government of Punjab, following orders by the Lahore High Court, on Tuesday issued the Justice Baqir Najfi commission report on Model Town incident.
The report says that Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri announced a long march from Rawalpindi to Lahore on June 23, 2014. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said they would not let Qadri achieve his objectives.
Police tried to cover up as to who gave orders for shooting, the report says.
Model Town tragedy or the Lahore massacre was a violent clash that ensued between the Punjab Police and Pakistan Awami Tehreek activists on 17 June 2014 resulting in the death of at least 14 people.
Earlier in the day, a larger bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) rejected its petition, challenging a single bench’s decision to release the report of the judicial inquiry carried out into the Model Town incident.
It directed the government to make the report public within 30 days and provide a copy of the report to the victims of the Model Town incident.
The full bench had also directed the government to issue copies of the report to the immediate victims of this incident.
The Punjab government had pleaded the Court to stop Model town inquiry report being made public, which was authored by Justice Baqir Najafi.
On 24 November, the court reserved the verdict on Punjab’s government petition, challenging the jurisdiction of single bench of Lahore High Court could not order to release model town inquiry report, on the grounds that as many as eight identical petitions on the same matter were already pending before a full bench.