The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday (April 11) summoned Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, provincial law minister, chief secretary and the law secretary to appear before court at 3pm, in a contempt of court case regarding Model Town incident..
As the hearing went under way, Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmed Khan remarked, “One of the biggest law officers in the province is standing like a suspect. He should be speaking about the supremacy of law.”
“The court has only issued a notice and not a show-cause notice,” the bench clarified. At this, Advocate Hamid Khan said, “There is no contempt of court law today.” Justice Aalia Neelum pointed out, “There is a difference between freedom of expression and speaking loudly.”
The Model Town Massacre was a violent clash between the Punjab Police and Pakistan Awami Tehreek activists on 17 June 2014, in which at least 14 people were killed and over 100 were injured by police gunfire. The clashes were started when the police launched an operation to remove the barriers from the road leading to the offices of Minhaj-ul-Quran and the residence of PAT founder Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri in Model Town, Lahore.
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