Qadri says at least eight workers killed, thousand wounded

Qadri directs workers not to arrive Lahore

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Tahirul Qadri on Saturday claimed that at least his eight workers have been killed, over a thousand wounded, several among them critically, besides 20 thousand detained by Punjab police.

Addressing the media in Lahore, Qadri claimed that eight of his supporters had been killed in “straight firing” from the police. However, his claims could not be confirmed. The PAT chief announced that his party and supporters would be observing Youm-i-Shuhada on August 10 despite state repression and would be holding sit-ins across the country. He alleged that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered direct firing at the Youm-e-Shuhada participants arriving from other cities.

In this backdrop, Dr. Qadri has issued fresh instruction to his workers and supporters to observe Yaum-e-Shuhada in their own native places instead of sacrificing lives to reach Lahore. Qadri further said that the authorities have stopped the supply of food and water to the  party’s activists so that “they may die.”

He further alleged that the blood thirsty Punjab administration was not allowing even the hospitals to provide medical aids to the wounded PAT workers. Qadri said the rulers were willing to harm the country to any degree in order to safeguard their own government. He said the government had crossed the limits of tyranny and the people were on the receiving end.

Dr. Qadri blamed the government by using state power perpetrating worst kind of terrorism against his party. Human rights and the constitution have remained suspended for the last four days by blocking free movement of the people across the country.


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