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Zardari Assures Qadri To Abide APC Decisions

Lahore (December 29, 2017): The co-chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has expressed full support to Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Tahirul Qadri in Model Town tragedy case and said PPP would abide any decision taken by the All Parties Conference (APC) in this regard.

“Chief Minister Punjab and Rana Sanaullah should step down from their slots after the justice Baqir Naqvi judicial report on Model Town tragedy,” Asif Ali Zardari supported the demand of Tahirul Qadri during joint press conference after the meeting at Minhajul Quran Secretariat in Lahore.

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Zardari reminded that he has been with Qadri for “a long time” and added the party has always raised its voice against injustice and for the rights of the poor.

“Not 14 but 100 people had died in Model Town tragedy as the injured effected for entire life as some of them deprived off from legs and some from their hands,” he said, adding that a case if as per clause 302 would be filed against Rana Sanaullah.

Criticising Nawaz further, the PPP leader said he can count on his fingers the number of times the former prime minister attended the parliament.“Nawaz is unable to prove his money trail,” said Zardari.

Responding on a question regarding former president Pervez Musharraf, Zardari said, “If he has so brave he should come Pakistan rather dancing in abroad despite backache.”

When asked about the recent visit of Shehbaz Sharif to Saudi Arabia and Nawaz’s expected trip to the kingdom, the PPP co-chairman said the Sharif brothers always turn towards their foreign friends for support when they are in trouble.

He further said that any decision coming from Saudi will be from the kingdom’s rulers, but “we are free Constitutionally and are autonomous”. The Sharifs say political decisions shouldn’t be taken in courts, said Zardari and expressed hope that Saudi leadership does not help the Sharif brothers in gaining a new NRO.“They want the help of their friends, but I don’t think we will allow this joke to take place again,” said the former president.

Senior PPP leader Khursheed Shah said all should receive justice and the PPP will not compromise on Model Town. He added it will be a litmus test if the poor get justice.

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At the start of the press conference, Qadri thanked Zardari and the PPP for the support lent to PAT in its quest for justice in the Model Town case.

Party leaders Qamar Zaman Kaira, Manzoor Watoo, Sardar Latif Khosa and Khursheed Shah accompanied the PPP supremo, who left Bilawal House in Bahria Town for Qadri’s residence earlier today.The former president and PPP chairman held a consultative meeting of the party’s leadership ahead of the meeting.

According to PPP sources, a future course of action following the Model Town inquiry report and the Dec 30 All Parties Conference (APC) called by Qadri will be discussed during the meeting.

The two leaders also met on December 7 and in a news conference demanded the resignation of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the wake of the Model Town inquiry report.

The Punjab government, at the behest of the Lahore High Court, made the report for the Model Town incident public on December 5. The report was drafted by Justice Baqir Najfi and termed the 2014 tragedy in Lahore’s Model Town as the “most unfortunate incident” in the country’s history.

The APC called by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek will be held on 30 December (Tomorrow).

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