Model Town massacre: Punjab government submits Baqir Najafi report in LHC

Dawood Rehman 06:57 PM | 14 Nov, 2017
Model Town massacre: Punjab government submits Baqir Najafi report in LHC
LAHORE - The Punjab government has submitted the judicial commission’s report of the Model Town incident in the Lahore High Court.

Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh led a three-member bench to hear the appeal of the victims of Model Town incident on Tuesday.

Earlier, the bench had expressed its annoyance over the government’s failure to present the report despite orders.

During Tuesday’s hearing, the court took notice of the government counsel’s absence and immediately summoned the home secretary, ordering him to present the report. Afterwards, a copy of the report was submitted in the chambers of the presiding judge.

The counsel for the Model Town incident’s victims maintains the report is a public document and should be declassified. He said the government is bound to provide access to such information under the Right to Information Act.

He maintained that the government was itself accused in the Model Town incident, which is why it is reluctant to make the report public.

On the other hand, the state prosecutor said the matter was sub-judice and releasing the report at this moment would affect and jeopardise the trial. Therefore, the verdict of a single bench to release the report should be declared null and void, he maintained.

The court, however, instructed the victims’ counsel to continue his deliberations and adjourned further proceedings till Nov 16. An overview of the report will be held in the judge’s chambers.

A three-member bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on November 10 had adjourned the Intra-Court Appeal (ICA) filed by the Punjab government against LHC single bench orders for making the Model Town enquiry report public till November 14.

During the hearing, Punjab government’s lawyer Khawaja Harris submitted that he had brought the Model Town enquiry report for in-camera perusal of the bench.

However, the bench observed that it could not review the report on Thursday due to a shortage of time and directed to present the report on Nov 14.

Dawood Rehman
Dawood Rehman

The writer is a member of the staff.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on January 28, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 263.9 266.15
Euro EUR 275.75 278.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 313 316
U.A.E Dirham AED 69.75 70.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 67.25 67.9
Australian Dollar AUD 178.5 180.9
Bahrain Dinar BHD 644.19 652.19
Canadian Dollar CAD 187.5 189.70
China Yuan CNY 35.71 36.11
Danish Krone DKK 35.38 35.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 30.94 31.29
Indian Rupee INR 2.97 3.08
Japanese Yen JPY 2.50 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 793.10 802.15
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 57.02 57.62
New Zealand Dollar NZD 156.69 158.69
Norwegians Krone NOK 24.46 24.76
Omani Riyal OMR 629.39 637.39
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 66.54 67.24
Singapore Dollar SGD 184.38 186.38
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 23.81
Swiss Franc CHF 263.01 265.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.38 7.53

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs209,600 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,990.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs157,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 178,500.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Karachi PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Islamabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Peshawar PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Quetta PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sialkot PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Attock PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujranwala PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Jehlum PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Multan PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Bahawalpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Gujrat PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nawabshah PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Chakwal PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Hyderabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Nowshehra PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Sargodha PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Faisalabad PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220
Mirpur PKR 209,600 PKR 2,220


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