Imran demands judicial inquiry into Multan stampede tragedy
13 October, 2014
MULTAN: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday said that if his party was responsible for the Multan tragedy, a stampede that left seven dead and dozens injured, then he wouldn't receive as much respect upon arrival in Multan, a private TV channel News reported. Imran demanded an independent inquiry under a judge.
Addressing a press conference after meeting the grieving families, the skipper said that he was saddened after seeing the grief the families are going through. He said if anyone has any doubts that they were behind the accident then their doubts are wrong.
He reiterated that the Multan district coordination officer (DCO) did not cooperate. "Why the gates weren't open?" he asked. "The gates were locked at the time of exit."
The PTI chief demanded an independent and prompt inquiry of the tragedy. He said the PTI could not risk anyone's life in their rally and that his party would learn lessons from the investigation's findings so that such accidents don't repeat.
Imran said that he would take control of the stage in the upcoming rallies. With Sargodha rally just around the corner, Imran said that he would decide who would be allowed on the stage at the Sargodha rally.
He also said that the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) were protecting each other. He congratulated Malala Yousufzai upon winning the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 and said that Malala spoke for education, which was part of PTI's manifesto.
During the press conference, former member assembly Chunnu Khan Leghari also announced to join the PTI. Accompanied by Shah Mahmood Qureshi and others, the skipper visited Qasim Bela and met with the family of one of the victims, Salimullah.