Lahore (Monitoring Desk): Pakistan Peoples Party co-chairman has said after meeting Pakistan Awami Tehreek leader Dr. Tahirul Qadri that Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif must resign.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Tahirul Qadri on Thursday demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s resignation in the wake of the Model Town inquiry report.
The Punjab government, at the behest of the Lahore High Court, made the report for the Model Town incident public on December 5. The report was drafted by Justice Baqir Najfi and termed the 2014 tragedy in Lahore’s Model Town as the “most unfortunate incident” in the country’s history.
The joint press conference came after the former president met the PAT chief during his first-ever visit to the Minhajul Quran Secretariat.
The two sides held a meeting, wherein Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, Manzoor Watto and Qamar Zaman Kaira were also present.
Speaking at the press conference, Qadri said the Model Town inquiry report clearly indicated Shehbaz Sharif as a “murderer.”
“The barriers [around Minhajul Quran Secretariat] were lawful and no one had objected to them for three years. The force which was sent used unlawful means. They were there to drop bodies and not remove barriers,” he said of the incident which took place on June 17, 2014.
The incident had claimed lives of at least 14 people and left over 100 others injured during an ‘anti-encroachment operation’ by Punjab Police outside Idara Minhajul Quran in Lahore’s Model Town.
The PAT chief alleged the entire operation had been conducted under the supervision of Rana Sanaullah.