A Lahore High Court (LHC) full bench on Friday reserved its verdict on an Intra-Court Appeal (ICA) filed by the Punjab government challenging a LHC single bench order for making the Model Town inquiry report public.
Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh headed the full bench with Justice Syed Shahbaz Ali Rizvi and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmad. The bench reserved the verdict after hearing the arguments of Punjab government’s counsel Khawaja Haris in rebuttal of contentions raised by the counsel of respondents-heirs of the Model Town incident victims.
Contradicting the respondents’ arguments including provision of information under Article 19 (A), Khawaja Haris submitted that right to information was subject to reasonable restrictions.
He submitted that it was feared that the public and social order would be disturbed if the report was made public whereas the government was duty bound to maintain it.