Model Town tragedy: Dr Qadri’s son, 3,000 PAT members nominated in FIR

Published: June 19, 2014
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A video grab shows a police official inside the office of the MS of Jinnah Hospital. PHOTO: EXPRESS

A video grab shows a police official inside the office of the MS of Jinnah Hospital. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: 

The police have registered an FIR against activists of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek for Tuesday’s deadly clash outside the Central Secretariat of Minhajul Quran International in the Model Town neighbourhood as another injured succumbed to his injuries taking the death toll to nine.

According to the three-page FIR – a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, the police blamed the PAT workers and leadership for the deadly melee outside the residence of Dr Tahirul Qadri. Hussain Mohiuddin, son of Dr Qadri, has been nominated as the main accused in the FIR lodged on the complaint of Faisal Town SHO Rizwan Qadir Hashmi.

Other accused include the PAT General Secretary Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, Chief Security Officer Altaf Hussain Shah and other office-bearers of the party. Eight unidentified gunmen and 3,000-plus activists of the PAT have also been nominated in the FIR.

Meanwhile several police officials were accused of trying to tamper with the medical records of the injured at the Jinnah Hospital where most of the injured from Tuesday’s clash are admitted for treatment.

Media persons and relatives of the injured found SP Tariq Aziz – who has been made Officer on Special Duty (OSD) – and other police officials present inside the office of Medical Superintendent Dr Abdul Rauf.

The police officials had locked the office from inside, prompting the relatives to force the door open. SP Aziz claimed that he was there to obtain medico-legal certificates (MLC) of the policemen injured in the clash. Dr Rauf endorsed the police officials.

However, the fact that the door was locked during the meeting between the MS and the police officials led many to suspect the latter were trying to tamper with medical records of the injured.

“No tampering took place but many thought so since the meeting took place behind closed doors,” another doctor told The Express Tribune.

He added, however, that the police officials may have wanted medical records of the injured policemen to show their injuries as being caused by bullets and not by blunt weapons. “This would help them establish their claim that PAT workers fired first and the policemen shot back in self defence.”

Dr Rauf rejected suggestions that any efforts to tamper with the records of either the injured PAT workers or policemen were made.

On the other hand, Sohail Tipu, another provincial government official, was seen exiting the hospital. When questioned, Tipu, who has served at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, claimed he was on a three-year leave and was only at the hospital to inquire about the health of an injured relative. CM Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the alleged tampering and ordered an inquiry.

Meanwhile, PM Nawaz Sharif expressed ‘deep sorrow and grief’ over the loss of lives in the Model Town tragedy. In a statement, he said a Lahore High Court commission has been constituted to fix responsibility for the incident, adding that legal action would be taken against those responsible.

Removal of barriers

Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah had ordered the removal of barriers from outside the Minhajul Quran Secretariat – a move that culminated in Tuesday’s tragedy – in a high-level meeting on Monday, officials privy to the development told The Express Tribune on Wednesday.

The meeting, held with the sole agenda of preventing Dr Tahirul Qadri from returning to Pakistan, was chaired by the law minister and attended by several officials from both the federal and Punjab governments.

According to participants of the meeting, its venue was kept confidential and no minutes were recorded.

“During the meeting, the law minister proposed the removal of the barriers from outside Qadri’s residence and the Minhajul Quran Secretariat,” one official said. “The AIG and Lahore commissioner opposed the suggestion, saying Qadri faced life threats and the government would be blamed for any untoward incident pertaining to the PAT chief,” he said. “But, the law minister still ordered the removal of barriers on a ‘trial basis’,” the official added.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • nk
    Jun 19, 2014 - 3:42AM

    A tragic loss of life indeed.
    But I will never understand why our ignorant people will put their lives on the line for the likes of Altaf, & Qadri who are living protective and convenient lives and making tamasha of the common man.
    Ask yourself, do these fellows really care about those who die?
    Why didn’t Qadri & followers do this protest when Zardari was in power? Just let our current politicians complete their term, and then come next election make your voice heard at the polling booth.

    Why doesn’t Altaf and Qadri request the British and Canadian govts to take in their followers also?

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  • Mubashir Inayet
    Jun 19, 2014 - 7:14AM

    PAT must practice what they preach and remove encroachments. More so as it claims to be a law abiding Islamic group. That said, we must wait till the judicial report comes out and stop being judge, jury and executioner based on contradictory media reports.

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  • Gullu Butt
    Jun 19, 2014 - 7:38AM

    Police killed 8 innocent people including 2 women.. Yet FIR against PAT??
    Shahbaz Sharif need to get to his senses soon,, this is worse than lal masjid

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  • Humza
    Jun 19, 2014 - 7:42AM

    @nk: Tahirul Qadri used these poor people as pawns to launch his anti democracy crusade. What makes no sense is that Tahirul Qadri went to Canada where he enjoys democratic freedom but he is against democracy in Pakistan. He obviously had to swear allegiance to the laws of Canada and an oath of loyalty to the Queen of England but he feels no responsibility to the constitution of Pakistan – even though eh wants to go there yearly to create mayhem. He should be charged with taking advantage of these poor people who are demonstrating.

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  • Nida Alvi
    Jun 19, 2014 - 10:39AM

    I am mystified as to how PAT gathered 3000 workers at such a short notice past-midnight.
    Is there something hidden from the media??

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