LAHORE - The Lahore High Court yesterday ordered Punjab School Education Department to make a comprehensive policy for the recruitment of differently able persons as educators. The order was passed by Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah on a petition filed by a visually impaired person Hafiz Junaid. Justice Shah observed that if visually impaired person can be appointed as judge or professors in different parts of the world then why not in Pakistan.

The petitioner through his counsel told the judge he applied for a job with education department in 2013 and passed the entry test. He said but the department published another advertisement and made it clear that visually impaired persons or deaf cannot apply for job. He said the educator policy was unlawful; it was discriminatory.

Model Town case: Three eyewitnesses yesterday recorded their statement in an anti-terrorism court saying that a DIG and SP ordered police to open fire at the gate of Idara Minhajul Quran. The eye-witnesses included Saeed Ahmad Bhatti, Hafiz Muhammad Razzaq and Muneer Hussain recorded their statement.

ATC Judge Khwaja Zafar Iqbal held the proceedings on the private complaint filed by Idara Minhajul Quran seeking trial of PM Nawaz Sharif, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah, federal ministers and IGP and others for allegedly killing 14 people and injuring 98 others in Model Town on June 17, 2014.

Recording his statement, Saeed Ahmad Bhatti said that DIG and SP who were present there at the main gate of Idara Minhajul Quran ordered police to open fire which caused violence. Many workers fell injured, he stated.

Hafiz Razaaq stated that SHO Sabzazaar police Amir Saleem did firing outside the residence of Dr Tahirul Qadri and killed Ghulam Rasool. Munir Hussain stated that trainee ASIs Hassan Ali and Burhan did firing and injured many workers when SP security ordered them to fire.

Sabzazaar police station’s former SHO Amir Saleem also appeared before the court. Two-eye witnesses had already recorded their statements.