Punjab govt deliberately killed PAT protesters during Model Town mayhem: Imran

PTI chief terms Sharif brothers fascists, says they have no interest in democracy

News Desk January 17, 2018
PTI chief Imran Khan addresses supporters at PAT-led rally in Model Town, Lahore on January 17, 2018. EXPRESS NEWS SCREEN GRAB.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan accused the Punjab government of deliberately killing protesters during the Model Town mayhem in Lahore in June, 2014.

"The Model Town incident was a deliberate act," Imran told supporters on Wednesday evening during a rally led by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) to oust the ruling government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

"I watched on the television how the police opened fire at unarmed [PAT] protesters," he said.

Earlier today, PAT kicked off its campaign, mainly demanding resignations of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Law Minister Rana Sanaullah for their alleged involvement in the deaths of 14 political workers in June, 2014.

Imran went on to add that both the Sharif brothers were fascists and didn't have any interest in democracy. "The victims of Model Town tragedy are still far from receiving justice."

According to him, incidents of rape and murder in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were being falsely compared.

"Unlike the Punjab government that didn't take any action when the Kasur scandal emerged, K-P ensured swift action to address the problem and coordinate with the victims."

On Sheikh Rasheed's advise to resign from the National Assembly seat, Imran said, "I would consult with my party and then make a decision."

Rasheed earlier himself announced to resign as an MNA, and advised Imran to do the same to run a full-fledged campaign against the rulers.


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