LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday lambasted the parliament for allowing a ‘criminal’ to be elected as a party president.
“I curse the parliament that made a criminal the president of a party,” he said, in an apparent reference to Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s (PML-N) decision to elect ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif as its president.
Imran was addressing a joint opposition protest rally to seek justice for the Model Town tragedy in Lahore. “The two [Sharif] brothers are responsible for the Model Town incident,” said Imran. “I can say without beyond a shadow of a doubt that it [Model Town incident] was done on orders received by the police.”
He accused the Sharif brothers of being ‘fascists’ and claimed that they are not even ‘remotely democratic.’ “I know them since the past forty years,” he said. “They get people roughed up.”
Imran stressed that the entire country witnessed the Model Town incident on their television sets, when the police opened fire on unarmed citizens. “Don’t say they that they were Pakisan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers, they were Pakistanis,” he said. “The question here is, did people get justice?”
The PTI chief accused the Punjab police for deliberately opening fire on unarmed citizens.
“Nowhere in the world does the police open fire on citizens. The police force only fires on terrorists, never on citizens.” Imran assured PAT chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri of his allegiance.
“We are standing with you Tahir-ul-Qadri sahib. We all saw how ruthlessly people were murdered in the [Model Town incident]. We are all gathered here to get justice,” he said. Addressing the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT)-led protest, its chief Dr Tahirul Qadri had said that they do not want to take a step against Pakistan’s constitution and democracy, and only want an end of the “sultanate of Sharifs.”
Qadri had thanked leaders and workers from all political parties for attending the show of strength in Lahore. He had said that they all had gathered to get justice for the victims of Model Town tragedy. Agencies
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