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    ‘Contained’: Imran, Qadri protest to the same tune

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) decided to call off talks with the federal government in protest of what it claimed to be the government’s efforts to prevent movement in Islamabad’s ‘Red Zone’. Moments after this announcement, Dr Tahirul Qadri addressed supporters, lambasting the government for restricting movement.

    Senior PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the party has decided that the negotiations will stay suspended until the government stops the “crackdown against party workers”.

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    Re: Pakistan: Eight die as Lahore police clash with Qadri supporters

    Qadris speeches seem to be getting better with time. He seems stronger than ever

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    Re: Pakistan: Eight die as Lahore police clash with Qadri supporters

    Judging by Qadris latest speech. Shabaz hasn't got a leg to stand on. He has been caught with his hand in the till

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    Re: Pakistan: Eight die as Lahore police clash with Qadri supporters

    Apparently today the speeches focused on Shahbaz. In every angle he has been humiliated by some incredible accusations. His position is literally untenable.

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    Model Town clash: JIT report suggests police FIR be quashed

    Representatives of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the clash in Lahore’s Model Town between police and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in June have recommended that the FIR registered by police earlier should be quashed as PAT has not accepted the FIR as legitimate and no witnesses have come forward to record their statements. They added that the police have ‘hidden facts’, The Express Tribune has learned.

    In a one-page dissent note attached to the 32-page JIT report, two JIT representatives further stated that the chain of command has not been properly interrogated. Comprising 10 members, the JIT team is headed by Additional Inspector General Special Branch Dr Arif Mushtaq Chaudhry. The other nine members include representatives of the ISI, MI, IB, police, Special Branch and Counterterrorism Department.

    The JIT report states that there are many ‘inconsistencies’ found when the statements of the officials concerned in the incident are compared. Officials ranging from constables to the DIG were interviewed during the investigation. Additionally, the record of issuance of weapons and bullets did not match the record and statements of police officials.

    A Punjab government spokesperson clarified that the report was received and has been deemed ‘inconclusive’. A request was made to the High Court for the provision of the missing documents so that the report may be reviewed. A committee has been constituted to carry out a detailed analysis of the report and make recommendations.

    The JIT pointed out nine police officials, noting their names, ranks and the nature of their weapons. These officials were ex-SHO PS Sabza Zar Inspector Sheikh Amir Saleem, Sub Inspector Elite Force Hafiz Athar Mehmood, Head Constable Elite Force Muhammad Naveed, Head Constable Elite Force Khurram Rafique, SP Security Suleman Ali Khan, ex-SHO PS Shadman Sheikh Asim, Constable Elite Force Nisar, Driver/Constable Ubaid and Constable Riaz Baber.

    The report adds that there is no record to establish if there was firing from the Minhajul Quran Secretariat. Police, hospital and other records have been examined but some police officials were reluctant to record statements, the report says. Some relevant records have also not been provided to the JIT, according to the report.

    Of the nine accused, four accused police officials – Sheikh Amir Saleem, Hafiz Athar Mehmood, Muhammad Naveed and Khurram Rafique – have been arrested and investigations have been completed in their cases. SP Security Suleman Ali Khan, Sheikh Asim, Nisar, Ubaid and Riaz Baber are still at large. The JIT directed SHO Police Station Faisal Town to obtain warrants for these five officials.

    The Investigation Officer also received an application from PAT, submitted by Director PAT Muhammad Jawad Hamad and a writ petition lodged by Advocate Nauman Atiq.

    In its application, PAT claimed that during the crackdown on the party’s headquarters, DIG Operation Lahore continuously took orders from some higher authority. According to SP Security, he had not called the Elite Force and Mujahid Force but according to the Mujahid Force’s record, and the Elite Force in-charge, they were called on the SP Security’s orders.

    According to the Elite Force in-charge, 469 rounds of SMG and 59 rounds of G3 Rifle were fired during the clash. However, he subsequently told the JIT that SP Elite Abdul Raheem Sherazi had ordered him to change the record.

    The police operation started at 12:30 am between June 16 and 17, but PAT workers were killed between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm on June 17, the JIT report stated.

    Commissioner Lahore Division Rashid Mehmood informed the JIT that the decision to remove the barricades around the party secretariat was taken in a meeting chaired by Rana Sanaullah, the law minister at the time, on June 16, the JIT stated



    see remainder: http://tribune.com.pk/story/754181/m...ir-be-quashed/

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    Re: Model Town clash: JIT report suggests police FIR be quashed

    I think it has become very evident from the police that they were given orders by Rana Sanaullah and Shahbaz Sharif to shoot at the protestors, and they must be made to face the consequences for their actions.

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    Re: Model Town clash: JIT report suggests police FIR be quashed

    Quote Originally Posted by mynameiskhan View Post
    I think it has become very evident from the police that they were given orders by Rana Sanaullah and Shahbaz Sharif to shoot at the protestors, and they must be made to face the consequences for their actions.
    Have you even bothered to read the report? I cant see how they can even go past the senior policemen.

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    Re: Pakistan: Eight die as Lahore police clash with Qadri supporters

    Altaf appeals to Qadri to show patience

    KARACHI: In an attempt to defuse the hostile environment between the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and the government, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Thursday established telephonic contact with PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri and appealed to the latter to show patience, DawnNews reported.

    The MQM chief reportedly said that Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar and Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, who are members of the government delegation formed to broker a settlement between the government and protesting parties, were making concerted efforts so that the issues between political parties could be resolved with a mutual understanding.

    Altaf said that the concerned parties should take decisions after careful deliberation instead of acting in haste.

    Earlier, the PAT had shut the doors on negotiations with the government after a last-minute attempt for a compromise deal failed and said it would observe “Yaum-i-Inqilab” on Thursday (today).

    Qadri is expected to announce his future course of action at 3 pm today.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1128335/alt...-show-patience

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    Ready to register Model Town FIR, govt says

    ISLAMABAD: After months of stalling, the government on Thursday said it is ready to begin a process for the registration of a First Information Report (FIR) in the Model Town case that resulted in the death of 11 Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) supporters — a move that may mitigate growing friction between the government and Dr Tahirul Qadri over his ominous call for a 'revolution'.

    As anti-government protesters thronged the road outside Parliament, on the floor of the National Assembly Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif said the government is ready to nominate the prime minister and other ministers in the FIR.

    "A process for the FIR has started and the government will not appeal against court orders," Asif said during a debate in the NA.

    However, he maintained that the government’s fresh move amidst the heated political climate and resulting deadlock should not be misconstrued as vulnerability.

    "Our offer for FIR was considered our weakness but nothing against law and constitution would be accepted," Asif said, dubbing it a “mature” suggestion.

    The government's fresh offer is one of radical Dr Qadri's demands to the government, along with the resignation of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif as well as the dissolution of assemblies for the formation of what he terms a "people's parliament".

    Later at a press conference outside the assembly building, Asif along with Railways Minister Saad Rafique pledged to fight for the supremacy of Parliament and constitution.

    “Pakistan is for all – we are ready to the register case in the Model Town tragedy, we are willing to look into his demands,” Asif continued.

    “Our patience must not be taken to be our weakness,” he said, adding, ““This is not about satisfying someone’s ego. The prime minister had said that the Pariament as well the system needed to be protected.”
    No resignation for Nawaz

    Addressing the stalemate in negotiations with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Rafique said the government had agreed to five out of the six demands of the PTI but Imran Khan remained adamant over Nawaz Sharif’s resignation.

    The PML-N leader said all political forces, minus PTI, are on board on the issue that the prime minister cannot be sent home without it being proven that he committed a crime.

    Rafique said the government and its representatives had a series of meetings with PTI and yesterday’s was the final meeting after which the PTI decided to call off the talks.

    We are however still available for dialogue, he said, adding that Imran’s party should allow the state to function and ensure that its protesters disperse from the country’s nerve centre.

    He asked as to why should Nawaz resign when he was the people’s representative.
    Headway with Qadri

    Addressing the protests by PAT, Rafique said the government tried to resolve the issue by forming a commission for reforms and even asked Tahirul Qadri to become the supervisor.

    But the PAT chief has been adamant that the national and provincial assemblies be dissolved.

    He said the government told him his demands were unconstitutional.

    Rafique added that when the Model Town incident took place, the PML-N leadership was in Islamabad. “But we had agreed for a thorough investigation to satisfy Qadri and his supporters.”
    Bizarre requests, crude language

    The railways minister asked why leaders were calling on supporters to prepare to die.

    “We asked Qadri along with Imran to cancel the protests and allow the women and children to return to their homes,” he said.

    He said the government was baffled as to why Qadri was urging his supporters to brace for martyrdom.

    After Rafique, Khawaja Asif addressed reporters saying protesters were trying to break into violence but the government will resist – come what may.

    “The government will never let them achieve what they want – we will ensure peace,” he said.

    “The language that Imran and Qadri are using clearly shows they only want chaos, bloodshed – but the government will protect lives,” Asif said.

    On the other hand, Saad Rafique insisted that Qadri should pursue talks and should not use his supporters as shield.

    “I would like to stress on this that we are politicians, we do not believe in violence. We have learned from our past mistakes,” Asif said.
    The joke about the deputy PM slot

    Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab during the assembly session refuted the claim of Imran Khan that the government had offered him the slot of deputy prime minister

    "It was a joke by Senator Jaffer Iqbal and nothing was serious in it," Aftab said.
    PM Nawaz chairs high level meeting

    A high level meeting was held on Thursday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

    According to sources, the current situation created by a persisting political deadlock was the main topic of discussion in the meeting.

    The minister who held meeting with the Pakistan Awami tehreek (PAT) leadership last night were a part of the top level meeting.

    The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervez Rashid, Federal Minister Saad Rafique and Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (Safron) Lt Gen Retd Abdul Qadir Baloch.

    Chairing a meeting to discuss ways to end prevailing crisis with his senior ministers, the premier made it clear that no demand beyond the legal parameters of the constitution will be accepted.

    The meeting contemplated over ways to devise a new strategy to end the political stalemate created by the failure of talks with the protesting parties in the federal capital.

    Up till now five rounds of talk between the government and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) have taken place.

    It was decided in the meeting that the neither the premier nor the Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif will step down and the federal and, provincial assemblies will also not be dissolved.

    In the current scenario, the PAT has said that no talks will be conducted with the government and the PTI leadership is adamant that no negotiations will be accepted without resignation of the premier.

    The PAT leadership had also demanded registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against 21 suspects including the prime minister in the Model Town incident.

    Prime Minister Nawaz sharif during the meeting also said that he along with other ministers nominated in the FIR will extend full cooperation in investigations into model town incident.

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    Comment: Politics of the FIR

    Amongst all the demands and deadlines being thrown around in the Red Zone, just one might have the requisite legal bite. Dr Qadri’s demand for a first investigation report to be registered for 14 of his workers shot dead, and several injured is where the legal high ground rests with the Allama. People have been murdered and now the heirs or even the Allama are entitled to not only demand a FIR but also to have it registered.

    There has been some talk of immunity of the prime minister and the chief minister from being nominated in a criminal case. The law does not bear this position out. The applicable legal provision is the previously much discussed Article 248 and the relevant bits read:

    Article 248
    Protection to President, Governor, Minister, etc.

    (1)

    The President, a Governor, the Prime Minister, a Federal Minister, a Minister of State, the Chief Minister and a Provincial Minister shall not he answerable to any court for the exercise of powers and performance of functions of their respective offices or for any act done or purported to be done in the exercise of those powers and performance of those functions:

    Provided that nothing in this clause shall be construed as restricting the right of any person to bring appropriate proceedings against the Federation or a Province.”

    There are additional safeguards for the President and the Governors, like

    “2)

    No criminal proceedings whatsoever shall be instituted or continued against the President or a Governor in any court during his term of office.”

    However, the immunity of the prime minister, members of the cabinet (both provincial and federal) and chief minister only extends to acts done in exercise of powers and performance of official functions. It will be ridiculous and a completely untenable position for the government to argue that the Model Town shootings happened as a consequence of official functions. Even then, the immunity from criminal proceedings extends only to the president and the governors. Immunity is not an automatic defense, it becomes operative only once invoked (as we have most famously discovered in the NRO case). Hence, in short, the FIR has to be registered.

    Does that mean that his grace, Qadri is acting in complete good faith? Short answer; no. The content of the FIR is political, and has as nominated accused not only the prime minister and chief minister, but also the provincial law minister, the federal and state ministers for water and power, the federal minister for railways and the federal information minister; conspicuous by absence is the federal interior minister (the person, in theory responsible for the law and order in the country).

    Mian sahibaan are scared of one precedent in particular. The PML-N members are too scared to even say it. The grimmest example of an FIR gone wrong, the Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto case.
    One can only speculate, however, all those nominated are those who are on the wrong side of the “boys”. It does not mean that the “boys” have anything to do with the FIR, however it probably does mean that Qadri wants to be on the right side of the “boys”.

    The case of Mian Shahbaz Sharif and provincial functionaries is distinguishable, and he will have some explaining to do, probably at the trial now. One could volunteer free advice to Mian the younger; take this very, very seriously, it is 14 counts of murder. Resignation is not the worst that can happen.

    The insistence on section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 is to ensure that the heirs of the victims do not compromise. Since while section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code is “compoundable” i.e. the heirs of the deceased can pardon the accused; 7 ATA is non-compoundable.

    Is Qadri not playing by the rules in spreading the canvass so broad, and accusing people who cannot possibly have a role in the Model Town carnage? Problem; there are no rules in the Punjab FIR world. The usual practice is to name every known close family member of the real accused, to cast the net as wide as possible. Rivalries are not individual, they are clan based, or as in this case political party based. The words “Namaloom afrad” are not peculiar to Karachi. Every police station in Punjab has several, if not hundreds of FIRs with one or few identified accused and the rest being “unidentified”. The wisdom (cunning) behind the practice is that anyone who seems too keen to pursue the case can be dealt with by being “identified” subsequently.

    The FIR is the preferred way to slight, to get back and often to victimise. Late Chaudhary Zahoor Elahi of Gujrat was once arrested on the basis of being an accused in a buffalo theft case (an obviously false case). The “criminalisation” of politics i.e. political brokerage through a criminal case is the modus operandi of military and civilian rulers from Ayub Khan’s electoral body disqualification Order (EBDO) to General Musharraf’s NAB. The brothers Sharif are no strangers to this model. Some might remember the FIRs for water and electricity theft against elected members of the Parliament in Mian Nawaz Sharif’s last regime. The only exception was the Zardari government, perhaps because then president Zardari had been on the receiving end of the FIR game for too long, and perhaps developed a principled position against it.

    Mian sahibaan are scared of one precedent in particular. The PML-N members are too scared to even say it. The grimmest example of an FIR gone wrong, the Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto case. The FIR even if dormant, can and most probably will be used against you, when things go wrong, and if you are the prime minister of the country, the betting odds are on things going wrong at some point.

    This battle is not merely legal; it is also political. The FIR has to be registered against all those nominated, and the only choice for them is to join the investigation and have themselves acquitted; this legally is an unexceptionable position. Equally without doubt is that the registration of the FIR and the long list of accused is just the Punjab “thana culture” playing out on an amplified, national level (Side point; is the “revolution” not supposed to address that too?) One only hopes that the high drama is not at the expense of justice for the families and the victims of the Model Town tragedy.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1128788/com...ics-of-the-fir

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    Re: Pakistan: Eight die as Lahore police clash with Qadri supporters

    when things get heated because of things like this, it's vital to remember the rule of law -- people seriously need to calm down and let the courts handle such issues

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    Re: Pakistan: Eight die as Lahore police clash with Qadri supporters

    Qadris health seems to be deteriorating daily. I think the stress is getting to him too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Express View Post
    Qadris health seems to be deteriorating daily. I think the stress is getting to him too
    After listening to Nisars attack on him he will become even more ill.

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    Qadri lashes out at parliamentarians

    Speaking to protesters in heavy rain, PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri lashed out at the Parliamentarians saying peaceful daughters, sisters and sons are being labelled as terrorists.

    As the political crisis prevailing in the country continues unabated, the government and opposition parties in the Assembly are making frantic efforts to negotiate with the protesting PTI and PAT.

    The previous day saw the PTI lawmakers march into Parliament, with Shah Mehmood Qureshi making a feverish speech about his party's decision to march. There was, however, no finality on the acceptance of their resignations as the NA speaker maintained his wish to meet with the disgruntled lawmakers in his chambers.

    The MQM, too, added to mounting pressure on the government when party chief Altaf Hussain demanded the resignations of all MQM legislators.

    While the opposition jirga gave the welcome news that the issue was "70% resolved", Dr Tahirul Qadri show no signs of retreat; an absurd appeal for bats, balls and legos for the children at the PAT dharna was made, as well as mattresses for the women.

    With the numbers at the Constitution Avenue parade continuing the ebb and flow pattern of the past weeks, a dramatic ruling from the Supreme Court or flexibility from the defiant government and stubborn protesting parties are the only likely options to end the deadlock.

    Will worn-out Imran give up on his demand for the premier's resignation? Will better sense prevail for Dr Qadri, who is calling for an overthrow of the system as we know it? Will the passive government pull a new trick out of its hat?

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    Re: Pakistan: Eight die as Lahore police clash with Qadri supporters

    Reports say on ARY his health seems to have deteriorated lately.

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    Qadri announces 'revolution' rallies in Faisalabad, Lahore



    ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan Awami Tehreek's (PAT) ongoing anti-government sit-ins entered its 50th day on Thursday, the party's chief Dr Tahirul Qadri announced rallies in Faisalabad on October 18 and in Lahore on October 19 respectively.

    Addressing participants of the sit-in, the firebrand cleric declared that the Lahore rally would be remembered as 'historic'.

    "Our rally in Lahore will make Minar-i-Pakistan seem small in comparison," Qadri said.

    The PAT chief directed his party workers to start preparing for the upcoming rallies, adding that PAT supporters will not return until the revolution comes.

    Earlier, Qadri had hinted at following the footprints of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.

    “I congratulate Imran Khan for the successful gathering in Lahore,” he had said.

    The PAT chief said that like Khan, he would also seek to spread his movement to other parts of the country.

    “The movement will not stop at all," he had said.

    The PTI and PAT have been protesting against alleged rigging in the 2013 elections and have demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif whose government they call the outcome of a rigged election.


    http://www.dawn.com/news/1135771/qad...salabad-lahore

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    Qadri unveils electoral ambitions on 50th day

    ISLAMABAD: On the 50th day of his party’s sit-in in the city, PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri announced on Thursday that “we will contest the next elections to bring revolution” in the country.

    “Would you like to see the PAT as a revolutionary political party? Do you think we should participate in the next elections,” Qadri asked his supporters at the sit-in in his routine daily address to them.

    “Yes” roared the supporters who had been camping outside the Parliament House for that very revolution for seven weeks.

    Know more: PAT to continue sit-in through Eid holidays

    “We will change the system after winning the elections. We cannot compromise with the prevailing system,” Dr. Qadri said. “We will participate in national, provincial and local government elections whenever held, tomorrow or after three months.”

    “I invite everyone who wants to contest elections as PAT candidate,” he said, predicting that PAT will emerge as “the largest political party in the country in the near future”.

    “We will reestablish the sanctity of the Parliament,” he said.

    Also read: Tahirul Qadri, PML-Q leaders meet in London today in bid to form anti-govt alliance

    “Anyone who thinks that we will limit ourselves just to bringing revolution, and will leave the elections for others, is deluded,” he added.

    “My first target is the heart of Punjab - Faislabad. On October 12, I will hold my first jalsa in Dhobi Ghat, Faislabad and on October 19 we will reach to Minar-i-Pakistan in Lahore. We will take the message of revolution to everyone,” he said.

    A little distance away, PTI chief Imran Khan told his supporters that he would present the proofs of the rigging in the 2013 general elections before an independent and impartial commission.

    “I used all the ways open to get justice (regarding the rigging), but to no avail,” he said.

    “It is our right to raise slogan of ‘Go Nawaz Go’ under the freedom of expression while no one has the right to manhandle those raising the slogan,” Khan said. “It is on the lips of everyone, men, women, even schoolchildren and police and military personnel,” he claimed.

    Khan said that the PTI will knock the door of the court to stop any violence by PML-N activists against slogan raisers as threatened by PML-N leaders.

    “I want to give you message Mr. Nawaz Sharif that the days of your kingdom are near to end,” he claimed.

    “The gathering of the PTI supporters was the historical gathering in the history of Mainwali Today,” he claimed.

    The PTI chief said that the government provides assistance to its farmers who receive subsidized electricity bills in neighbouring India while farmers receive electricity bills of six hundred thousand rupees in Pakistan.

    He said that if farmers increase their yield, the country would get richer while the PTI government would support the farmers after coming into power.

    Published in Dawn, October 3rd, 2014

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    Re: Pakistan: Eight die as Lahore police clash with Qadri supporters

    Qadri has to stick to his agenda and not veer off.

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    Faisalabad Rally: Qadri asks for ‘support, cash and votes’

    FAISALABAD: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has asked people to give him ‘support, [currency] notes and votes’ so that he could “change their destiny and bring a revolution of prosperity at their doorstep”.
    “Neither I have money and nor my associates are billionaires, looters or plunderers. I need your support with all resources for bringing a genuine revolution and a qualitative change in the lives of the oppressed,” he said, addressing a mammoth rally in the historical Dhobi Ghaat ground Sunday night.
    “I’m in Faisalabad for two days to enroll you as a member of the PAT. I will open a bank account, stuff it with your money according to your capacity,” he said. Qadri, who took a break from PAT’s dharna in Islamabad after 60 days and travelled to Faisalabad, claimed that a revolution had come and now people were ready to snatch power from the rulers if they refused to accept their verdict. “If Nawaz Sharif and his associates do not allow the genuine representatives of people to rule the country on the basis of equality, fair-play, social justice and rule of law, then revolutionaries will sweep away his government,” he warned.

    The PAT chief said he was living a comfortable life in Canada, but had decided to return to Pakistan and bear these hardships as he could not bear the suffering of the nation. “People are committing suicides, lawlessness and corruption are rampant, and everyone is suffering. Such sorry state of affairs forced me to come to Pakistan to steer the country out of crises,” he said.
    Criticising the government, Qadri said the country was mired in heavy foreign loans and the resources were being spent for payment of their interest – a situation in which no resources were left for ordinary citizens. “Additionally, the rulers have also borrowed trillions of rupees from local banks and are paying heavy interest on such loans. These rulers cannot pull the national economy out of such morass.”

    The PAT chief claimed that if he was voted to power, he would raise billions of rupees through overseas Pakistanis to pay off the loans and to make Pakistan a loan-free state.
    The present system is based on cruelty, injustice, he said, adding that only with the power of the vote he could overcome the menaces of poverty, lawlessness, terrorism, sectarianism and religious intolerance.

    The PAT chief said he had ‘committed a crime’ by raising his voice for the poor and the downtrodden. “My 10-point agenda is my heinous crime and the supporters of the status quo have united against me,” he said. “Fake democracy is not acceptable”.
    Qadri said that the huge turnout at the rally was a no-confidence motion against the government. “Pakistani people have rejected politics of corruption and the monarchy of Nawaz Sharif. They cannot stay in power by hoodwinking the masses on the basis of their fake mandate,” he added.

    Qadri said he was committed to ending the system of injustice in Pakistan and no one could stop him. “The revolution march has entered the decisive phase and my struggle to change the system is now heading towards victory,” he claimed. He also announced that after coming to powers, he would create new provinces for resolving people’s problems at their doorsteps.
    Other leaders of the allied parties, including Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen and Sunni Ittehad Council, also spoke at the gathering.

    Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2014.
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    Shahbaz Sharif records statement in Model Town case

    LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday appeared before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) and recorded his statement as a nominated suspect in last year’s Model Town carnage.

    At least 14 workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) were killed and more than 80 suffered bullet wounds in a clash with law enforcement personnel outside Dr Tahirul Qadri’s residence in Model Town on June 17, 2014.

    Faisal Town police had lodged an FIR against several stalwarts of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), including chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and the then law minister Rana Sanaullah, following a sessions court order that was also upheld by the Lahore High Court.

    In his statement, the chief minister reportedly denied allegations of any role in the killings of PAT workers. The CM said he had instructed the police team to retreat at 9am on the day of incident.

    He said he had also immediately transferred all police and civil officials responsible for the killings. He denied having issued any order to Punjab Police for an operation in Model Town.

    Shahbaz Sharif said he was not even aware about the city district government’s action to remove barriers outside Tahirul Qadri’s residence in Model Town.

    The PAT had earlier questioned the legality of the JIT formed by the Punjab government to probe the Model Town firing incident.

    PAT Secretary General Khurrum Nawaz Gandapur issued a press release, which alleged that the JIT had welcomed the CM and saluted him. He said during the party’s Islamabad sit-in, PAT had questioned the partiality of the JIT and had also suggested some names for the investigation team, but to no avail.

    Gandapur said that no one from victims’ families appeared before the JIT to submit their statements because they did not trust the investigation.

    Know more: PAT desires military court take up Model Town case.

    Meanwhile, Punjab government spokesman Zaeem Qadri said Shahbaz Sharif had established a great precedent by appearing before the JIT team to record his statement. He said PAT should trust national institutions including the JIT.


    http://www.dawn.com/news/1169590/sha...odel-town-case

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