Lahore (August 16, 2017): The chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Tahir ul Qadri said that the robber has been caught but the assassins still remains free.
Talking to PAT Sit in on Mall Road Lahore, Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri on Wednesday said that his organisation will go to any extent for getting justice for the victims of the Model Town tragedy.
Tahirul Qadri said this in an address to a sit-in held in remembrance of those killed in the 2014 incident, in which 14 were killed and scores injured.
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He said that he will be at the sit-in for as long as the protestors decide to participate and announced that he will take out rallies in Faisalabad, Multan and Rawalpindi after Eid-ul-Azha.
Lashing at the Sharif brothers, Qadri said that their party introduced dirty and corrupt politics in the country, and claimed Pakistan Muslim Lague-Nawaz (PML-N) routinely purchases MPAs and ministries.The PAT chief said that Nawaz Sharif talks about the sanctity of votes, while he himself played a role in ousting Pakistan Peoples Party government in the ‘90s.
“You yourself violated the sanctity of the vote,” thundered the PAT chief.
He also warned that the protesters should not be taken for granted just because they are peaceful.
He alleged that Sharif brothers have damaged the sanctity of vote in 1989 and toppled the Benazir regime.
“Why Nawaz Sharif calling sanctity of vote today as he had never cared during his tenures in past,” he said that present government will soon be sent packing.He reiterated his stance that the justice Baqir Naqvi report regarding Modal Town tragedy should be made public and hand it over to PAT.
He demanded formation of bench comprising of unbiased judges to probe the Model Town carnage.
Tahirul Qadri will address the sit-in participants again at 9pm and at the end of his address the sit-in ‘Dharna’ will end.
Qadri also thanked Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf delegation and Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed for extending their support for the sit-in.The families of 14 martyred PAT workers, who were killed during the protest in 2014 and other women gathered in large numbers at Istanbul Chowk. They are chanting slogans against provincial government and demanding provision of justice.
Earlier in the day, the PAT, traders and provincial advocate general were ordered by the Lahore High Court to find a solution after a trader petitioned the high court to stop the sit-in on Mall Road as it would disrupt public life.
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The court had directed the respondents to resolved the matter after consultation or else the court would decide the issue itself. The court then went into a short recess.
After the agreement between the parties, the court dismissed the petition against the sit-in.
Sources said the PAT and traders had agreed the party would set up its stage at Mall Road’s Istanbul Chowk and keep its rally towards the Government College side so traffic and business is not disrupted.
Qadri’s container along with other equipment was transferred to Istanbul Chowk ahead of the sit-in.
The road leading from Lahore Museum to Istanbul Chowk has been closed to traffic. Heavy contingents of police as well as bomb disposal squad have been deployed at the site to prevent any untoward incident.Sheikh Rashid has also reached Lahore for participating in the sit-in, while the Pakistan Muslim League-Q also lent its support to PAT for the sit-in.
The Lahore High Court and the city administration had barred PAT from making arrangements for the sit-in but the party maintained that whether it received the permission or not, the rally would be held as per schedule.
PAT leader Noorullah Siddiqui said on Tuesday the sit-in would be held by those affected by the Model Town incident and that it would be a peaceful protest, not a rally.
In 2016, Qadri led a sit-in in Rawalpindi, demanding justice for families of Model Town victims. Qadri’s other sit-in and long march against the government was in 2013, where he accused the government of being corrupt and incompetent.