After the hearing of private complaint in the Model Town case in the anti-terrorism court, Naeem-ud-Din Chaudhry Advocate, who is legal spokesperson for PAT, spoke to the media and briefed it about the proceedings. He said that one principal accused Capt. (r ) Usman, who is Commissioner Lahore these days, had petitioned the court for acquittal in the case. He said that the lawyers representing both the sides completed their arguments. He said that Makhdoom Majeed Hussain Advocate, Rana Arshad Bilal Advocate, complainant Jawwad Hamid and Naeem-ud-Din Chaudhry Advocate appeared before the anti-terrorism court on behalf of the martyrs and their families.
Naeem-ud-Din Chaudhry Advocate said that Makhdoom Majeed Hussain, in his arguments before the court, said that the Model Town tragedy was perpetrated by using the excuse of the removal of barriers. He said that the district administration of Lahore was led by DC Capt (r ) Usman at that time. He said that DC Lahore admitted to his presence on the scene of crime and the complainant has already submitted all the documented proofs including pictures, video footage as evidence.
Makhdoom Majeed Hussain Advocate said that these proofs consist of irrefutable evidence about the involvement of the accused. He said that the accused does not deserve any concession or leniency. He said that his writ petition against the summons in the private complaint has also been dismissed by the court. He said that no new fact has emerged afterwards as to give benefit of doubt to the accused.
The lead lawyer further said in his arguments that a new JIT was constituted in the light of the order of the apex court which had completed 80% of its investigation. He said that clear evidence about the involvement of the accused has also been placed before the JIT. He said that the accused challenged the JIT in the Lahore High Court, a matter which is being heard by the honorable court. He said that a seven-member bench led by Chief Justice LHC is conducting hearings of the case. He said that the accused does not deserve to be given any concession until the conclusion of the case.
After hearing the arguments, the anti-terrorism court adjourned the hearing till the 25th of March.