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Tahirul Qadri leaves for London for a brief visit

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri departed for London late Sunday night for a brief visit before returning to Pakistan in a couple of weeks.

“Tahirul Qadri will be returning to Pakistan on August 31,” a spokesperson for the PAT leader said.

Before boarding his flight, Qadri commented on the ongoing political situation in the country. He criticised the actions of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.

“The Sharif family should appear before NAB [the National Accountability Bureau],” he said, adding that this is the third chance the Supreme Court has given them to prove their innocence.

Talking about the opportunities for the Sharifs to clear their name, he stated that the apex court can even issue an order for their arrests if they fail to appear before the NAB. “Therefore, it should be wise for them to do it,” he said.

Qadri also commented on how this is an opportunity for the NAB to improve its image and reputation in the country.

“Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will not be able to amend the Constitution of Pakistan,” the PAT chief noted.

He explained that he is not attempting to flee Pakistan, but that he will return in the coming weeks.

“I’m not fleeing; I’ll be coming back very soon. The Model Town tragedy still needs to be accounted for,” he stated.

Earlier, on Wednesday, Qadri – while addressing party workers and supporters at a sit-in in Lahore – said his organisation will go to any extent to obtain justice for the victims of the ‘Model Town tragedy’.

Qadri was speaking at a rally held in remembrance of the 2014 incident, which claimed the lives of 14 PAT workers and left scores wounded.

“The thief has been caught. The murderer behind the Model Town incident is still at large,” he said in an apparent reference to the Sharif brothers.

The PAT leader had said he will be at the sit-in for as long as the demonstrators decide to participate and vowed to hold rallies in Faisalabad, Multan, and Rawalpindi after Eid-ul-Azha.

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