PPP's Zardari to meet PAT's Tahirul Qadri today

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

The Special Branch reports about meetings in London where Chaudhry Shujaat Husain and Mr Qadri made a decision to form an alliance of opposition parties against the government and a committee was formed to finalise the modalities.

The party delegation is meeting with the PAT chief on the latter's invitation to Zardari, Shah said in a media talk in Islamabad.

"We stood against [former military dictator] Musharraf together in 2002", he added.

While holding a telephonic conversation with the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri on Thursday, the former president exchanged views over Model Town incident and Baqir Najafi report. He added that PPP has always remained away from politics of anarchy. He said that those responsible for the entire incident should be brought to justice.

The leader of the Opposition the National Assembly Khurshid Shah has confirmed that the two leaders are meeting today after the PAT chief's invited PPP co-chairman to deliberate upon key matters.

The Justice Najafi report on the Model Town case presents conflicting claims of premier intelligence agencies - the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) - into the incident. 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.

At least 14 people were killed and 100 others injured in police action against PAT workers during an "anti-encroachment operation" on June 17, 2014.

Rana Sanaullah rejected the enquiry report, saying it was "ineffective" and "full of errors".

In a press conference in Lahore on Wednesday night, Dr Tahirul Qadri instructed his supporters to remain alert and prepare to protest against the government seeking justice for lives lost in deadly clashes in Model Town.

Earlier today, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan expressed his support to the PAT chief.

Amongst other conclusions, the report said that Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif did not pass the "disengagement" order as he claimed before the judicial commission.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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