Incumbent rulers to be ousted before end of August: Qadri

Incumbent rulers to be ousted before end of August: Qadri

LAHORE, (SANA): Chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Dr Tahirul Qadri has said that Youm-e-Shohada (Day of Martyrs) will be observed in Model Town, Lahore on August 10 in remembrance of those killed in ‘brutal assault by Punjab police on the behest of prime minister and chief minister Punjab’. “Before the end of August, the incumbent leaders will not be in authority. They will be ousted,” Dr. Qadri claimed.

While addressing a press conference held outside the Minhajul Quran secretariat in Lahore on Sunday, Dr Tahirul Qadri said that before staging a ‘Revolution March’ — a date for which has not yet been announced — those responsible for the loss of lives on June 17 must be brought to justice.

“I am inviting each and every citizen of Pakistan in Youm-e-Shuhada gathering. It will be entirely a peaceful event. If government ordered crackdown or obstacle any of the participants, then Youm-e-Shohada will be marked at Jati Umra and Raiwand,” warned Dr. Qadri .

He said that there are nothing like law, constitution and democracy existed in Pakistan.

He said if the rulers want to save jati Umra (Nawaz Sharif’s residence), then they must stop tyranny. He warned Punjab police not to become a party and added that any operation conducted on Youm-e-Shuhda would be an invitation for ‘Damadam Must Qalandar’.

Dr. Qadri said the rulers would pack up before the end of August, saying if legal action was not taken the people’s decision would prevail. Nawaz Sharif should decide whether the federal government should go first or the Punjab government, he added.

The PAT chief said millions of poor in Pakistani do not have fundamental rights that were given to even pets in the West. Scores of people were killed in the Model Town incident, he asked, if this is the democracy.

He told that Abdul Rauf of the Punjab Elite Force confessed before the Joint Investigation Team that 469 rounds of short machine gun were fired and 59 fires of G-3 during the Model.

“There were some 80,000 to 1, 00,000 (1 lac) PAT workers who could seize Islamabad airport on my directions, but we did not resort to that violent move,” said the PAT chief.

Qadri exhorted that, “If we wanted we could have show you (I am referring the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif) our power at Jati Umra and Raiwand. But we refrained from any such act mainly for the sake of peace. Our army is fighting against terrorists; therefore we did not want to disturb peace in the country and particularly saved Punjab from anarchy.”

The government has refused the bail plea for elderly who have been arrested by law enforcers, he said.

Families of those killed in Model Town incident have been visiting courts and police stations, but there are not being listened. They are even denied their FIRs.

The PAT Chief held Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif responsible for the carnage in Lahore at the Minhaj-ul-Quran secretariat. Qadri claimed that Shahbaz Sharif’s involvement was evident in the phone call-recordings which he will make public when the time comes.

Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri alleged that the rulers have allowed the accused police officers to run away from the country. He added that PAT followed the path of the constitution and the law and submitted a petition for the registration of an FIR against the nominated persons.

Dr. Qadri added that for the sake of peace and to uphold the principle of no-violence, his party refrained from any steps that would have destroyed the Jati Umra palace in Raiwind , saying that PAT would not have buried the coffins of their martyrs until the end of the Punjab government.

PAT Chief said that the supremacy of the constitution and the rule of law did not exist in Pakistan. He inquired from the western countries if an incident similar to the Lahore tragedy occurred in their country, wouldn’t the elected government have resigned.

Dr Qadri held the Punjab government completely responsible for the Model Town tragedy and said, “Nawaz Sharif should decide whether he will leave office first or his brother.”

The PAT chief said that 14 people were killed and 90 wounded due to direct gun fire. He added that a total of 469 rounds had been fired during the clashes on June 17.

He alleged that police had subjected women and the elderly to torture and violence and warned that police would be meted with the same treatment it gave to PAT activists.

Dr Tahirul Qadri said that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government will not remain in power beyond August.
“A revolution is coming,” said Qadri.

Qadri stated that an FIR against the deaths of PAT workers has not been registered even a month-and-a-half after the clashes. “The leaders and murderers did not let the case get registered,” said Qadri while recalling the horrors of the Model Town tragedy.

“The state of the people of Pakistan is worse than that of dogs in the western world,” he said.

Qadri claimed that Shahbaz Sharif was directly involved in the killing of his activists as he has complete record of telephonic calls which he will reveal at a later date. Further, Qadri warned that this time around the police would be treated in the same way that they treat his activists. Warning police officers to tread carefully, Qadri said that there would be no one to save them after the end of August as the current government would be ‘finished’ by then.

The PAT leader also announced that Youm-e-Shuhada will be observed on August 10 to honour those who were killed in the Model Town clashes, saying that August 4 to August 9 will be observed as a week of martyrs.

Qadri said that they plan to hold the ceremony of Youm-e-Shuhada at the Minhajul Quran Secretariat but if the police try to stop activists from doing so, they would hold it at Jati Umra, the residence of the Sharif family, instead.

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May 2021