LAHORE: A day after police registered a First Information Report (FIR) against activists of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) for the deadly clash in Lahore, the police declared the main suspect nominated in the FIR innocent due to lack of evidence, Express News reported on Thursday.
Hussain Mohiuddin, son of Dr Tahirul Qadri, was nominated as the main accused in the FIR lodged on the complaint of Faisal Town SHO Rizwan Qadir Hashmi.
The bloodshed took place outside the Central Secretariat of Minhajul Quran International in the Model Town neighbourhood of Lahore on June 17. As many as nine people including two women were killed in the clash and dozens others were injured.
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 Qadri.
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.
Inspector General (IG) Punjab Police, DCO Lahore and Director General Lahore Development Authority (DG LDA) appeared before a judicial commission set up for investigation of Tuesday's clash, Express News reported.
Express News screengrab of the police personnel.
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has said that administrative weaknesses led to the Lahore tragedy, adding that action should to be taken against culprits. He further said that the Punjab government is constitutional; hence, a change of government is not necessary and should not be discussed.
Meanwhile, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed, while addressing the media, said that a judicial commission cannot heal the wounds of the Lahore incident. He welcomed the Punjab government’s decision to withdraw FIRs against workers of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). Rasheed also announced that he has postponed his train march owing to the violent incident.
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