Faisalabad (December 31, 2017): Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Sunday offered to prove his innocence before Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri over the killing of his 14 activists during Model Town anti-encroachment drive in June 2014.
“It was an incident, which neither had any planning, nor did anyone order police to shoot protesters,” Sanaullah told newsmen here on Sunday. “I invite Tahirul Qadri to sit with us and record statement after swearing on the Holy Quran.”
Urging the PAT chief to speak on oath regarding the incident, he said they were also ready to prove their innocence.
“This isn’t the first time we have been demanded to step down; efforts to create instability have been ongoing for past four-and-a-half years,” the provincial minister said, maintaining that protest sit-ins, long march and rallies were all aimed at preventing development in the country.
He said the nation has come to know of the reality of such people and his party would defeat the “conspiring forces” through vote in the next elections.
Rana urged that those killed in Model Town incident should not be used for politics.
Confirming his meetings with PAT leader Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, he said the PAT leader also came to Model Town to meet him. “The matter could not be settled with Gandapur; we want to compensate relatives of Model Town victims.”
He further said they discussed compensation after approval by the Punjab chief minister. The minister said he has immense respect for Pir Hameeduddin Sialvi, adding that a few individuals have been using Pir Sialvi and other scholars for the sake of politics.
Criticising the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), he said Imran Khan would retire from politics in 2018.
“Khan would tell tales to kids that once upon a time he stayed inside a container for 126 days,” Rana said. “He would also tell them how he once demanded resignation from the PM.”