Model Town JIT formation: Larger SC bench to hold hearing
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Model Town JIT formation: Larger SC bench to hold hearing

Islamabad, Dec 5: A five-member Supreme Court bench on Wednesday will hold a hearing to decide, if a new joint investigation team (JIT) can be formed to probe the Model Town case which is still pending a formal judgement.

On June 17, 2014, 14 people were killed and 100 others injured after police launched an assault on PAT supporters gathered outside the residence of Qadri in Model Town, Lahore.

The bench comprises Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, and Justices Asif Saeed Khosa, Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Faisal Arab and Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel. The chief justice had announced forming a larger bench to decide the legal point last month, while hearing a petition requesting a new JIT to probe the incident, Dawn reported.

A two-member Supreme Court bench, headed by the chief justice, was hearing a petition filed by Bisma Amjad, a woman affected by the incident in the top court's Lahore registry.

The court has issued notices to 146 people, including, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Hamza Shahbaz, PML-N's Rana Sanaullah, former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar and former foreign minister Khawaja Asif. (UNI)