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Further protests to be held after consulting opposition parties: Tahirul Qadri

29 January, 2018

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LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) patron Dr Allama Tahirul Qadri said on Sunday that further protests would be held after consulting other opposition parties.

He was addressing a press conference after presiding over the PAT Federal Council meeting in Model Town. Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, Dr Hasan Mohayyudin, Dr Hussain Mohayyudin, Brig (r) Iqbal Ahmad Khan and other party leaders were also present.

To a question, he said that his party was following a three-pronged strategy against the Model Town incident. “Our political, legal struggle would continue along with the protests. According to our political strategy, the leaders of all parties have been taken onboard on the issue. The legal fight will be speeded up. We will use the option of protest whenever needed,” he said.

“Considering the current situation, we are putting aside the strategy of protests. PAT is now prioritising the legal and political strategy. We will now get the 14 nominated culprits, including Shehbaz Sharif, called to the court,” he said.

He said that there were 14 “masterminds” in the Model Town killings. Terming Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar as a good lawyer and judge, Qadri urged him to take notice of the “Rao Anwars” in Punjab. “The judiciary is the only hope for deprived people when other institutes have failed to provide them justice,” he said. “It is the Supreme Court’s constitutional responsibility to take notice of this matter.”

“According to the finding of Baqir Najfi Commission Report, the Model Town incident was preplanned. No one from Minhajul Quran opened fire. Nawaz Sharif and Shehbaz Sharif will soon be brought before the law,” he said.

Qadri said that though the allied parties of the PAT had some differences with each other. “However, on the issue of Model Town, all of these are united and have given ownership of the matter to provide justice to the victims of state oppression. The rulers will step down before our next protest march,” he said.

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