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

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.

The writer is a member of the staff.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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