Anti-terrorism court acquitts former DGO in the 2014 Model Town massacre case

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On Tuesday, in the Model Town massacre case, an anti-terrorism court absolved former Lahore Division district coordination officer Capt (retd) Muhammad Usman.

Fourteen people, including men and women, were massacred and more than 100 injured during the anti-encroachment operation. The incident occurred outside the Model Town residence of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader, Dr. Tahirul Qadri, on the 17th of June 2014.

The court observed that the complainant, PAT, could not prove the allegation against Capt (retd) Muhammad Usman during the proceedings.

The accused had moved a clearing application before the court.

Judge Ejaz Ahmad Buttar, in his judgment, stated that the role of the accused in the alleged conspiracy could not be confirmed. The court concluded that there was no possibility of the conviction of the accused in the case and cleared him.

In 2017, the court had partially accepted the complaint against 125 police officials and the district government while refusing it to the extent of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, the then Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and ten others, including federal and provincial ministers.

The 12 political leaders against whom the ATC had denied the complaint were:

  •  Then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, 
  • Shehbaz Sharif,
  •  Hamza Shehbaz, 
  • The then Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, 
  • Former railways minister Khwaja Saad Rafique,
  • Former information minister Pervaiz Rashid, 
  • Ex-foreign minister Khawaja Asif, 
  • Ex-state minister Abid Sher Ali, 
  • The then Personal Secretary to Chief Minister Syed Tauqir Shah,
  • Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, 
  • Ex-home minister Azam Suleman and
  • Ex Lahore Commissioner, Rashid Mahmood Langrial.

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