PTI’s petition to become party dismissed
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) Tuesday upheld the order of a lower court regarding registration of an FIR against prime minister, Punjab chief minister and other federal and provincial ministers on a complaint of Minhajul Quran in Model Town shooting case.
The session court in Lahore had issued a verdict on the petition filed by MuQ, ordering the provincial government to have the case registered on the complaint of Minhajul Quran.
The federal ministers, Pervaiz Rashid and Khawa Asif, filed appealed in the LHC challenging the session court verdict. Upholding the order of session court, the LHC dismissed the petition. Talking to media, Mansoor Afridi, counsel of Minhajul Quran, said that the truth would prevail and case would be registered over Model Town tragedy. Dismissal of the government’s petition has proved that the courts are dispensing justice independently, he said.
The government, if wants, can challenge the verdict in the Supreme Court, Afridi added.
In related development, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) to become a party in an appeal challenging a session’s court ruling calling for the registration of an FIR against the top PML-N leadership over the Model Town tragedy.
The request was filed by Zubair Khan Niazi on behalf of his party, however, the court has dismissed it saying PTI was not an aggrieved group and hence had no cause to become party in the case. The challenge to the sessions court ruling was filed in the LHC last week by four federal ministers, Khawaja Asif, Pervaiz Rasheed, Saad Rafique and Abid Sher Ali.
The case is being heard by Justice Mehmood Maqbool Bajwa of the LHC and the judge has also directed the joint investigation team (JIT) to submit its report in court. The court has directed the JIT’s head to appear before it in person along with the report.Agencies
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