Friday , April 10 2020

Lahore sit-in: Qadri demands justice for Model Town victims

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18: 20: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) leader Dr Tahir ul Qadri addresses the participants of a sit-in being staged by his party at The Mall road in Lahore today (Wednesday).

Addressing the women-only protest, Dr Tahir ul Qadri said: “we have 2 demands: release of Baqir Najfi Commission report and constitution of neutral bench under supervision of Chief Justice of Lahore High Court.” “Our struggle is for Qisas of June 17. The daughters, sons, mothers and sisters of the martyrs are demanding justice.”

He that one thief was already caught and the day was not far when the murderer would also be nabbed.

“The large size of the protest sit-in shows that Model Town’s victims and affectees are not forgotten.” “I will sit with the protestors as long as their sit-in continues,” he announced, adding AML leader Sheikh Rashid would also be part of the protest.

“We can snatch justice if we want, but we won’t take law into our hands,” he said. “You will be hanged for Model Town incident.”

“There will be a big rally in Faisalabad after Eid ul Azha,” he said.

18: 00: Hundreds of PAT women are holding a protest sit-in at the Mall Road to demand justice in Model Town case.

Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) has completed the preparations for the protest sit-in on Lahore’s Mall Road and DC Road. The container of Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri has also been taken to the venue.

PML-Q backed up the protest sit-in that will take place on Mall Road’s Istanbul Chowk.

Chairs, fans, generators, lights, speakers and sound system have been transported to the venue and put in place. Meantime, Awami Muslim League (AML) Chief Sheikh Rashid has also reached Lahore to attend the sit-in.

It should be mentioned here that the PAT’s women will stage the sit-in for not receiving justice for their martyrs in Model Town massacre even after the lapse of three years.

The PAT’s stage has been readied near Istanbul Chowk. However, the venue has been changed from Mall Road to DC Road after the PAT gave undertaking to this effect at Lahore High Court.

Earlier, it was due to the Mall Road arrangements including chairs, stage and marquee, the main gates of Punjab University Old campus, NCAA and museum were closed.

Meantime, the shuttle service between old and new campuses of Punjab University is expected to remain suspended today.

Meantime, Lahore High Court (LHC) banned carrying out political activities, protest and rallies on Mall Road. Additionally, district administration also imposed section-144 on Mall Road.

Commenting on the ban, the PAT women said they will hold the protest rally at all cost, whether permission is granted or not.

The PAT workers said Lahore’s district administration rejected their application for Mall Road protest; however, they will go ahead with their plan.

They further said it is incumbent upon the administration to give them security, adding youth wing committees have also been constituted for the security purposes.
According to the PAT spokesman, Sheikh Rashid, Manzoor Wattoo, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Samina Khalid Ghurki, Naheed Khan and Dr. Yasmeen Rashid will part to this protest demonstration.

Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri will address the sit-in at 7pm today.

According to the party sources, the sit-in will continue overnight and any decision to continue or end it will be made on the second day of the protest.

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