Lahore clashes: Will accept only JIT with ISI, IB, MI reps, says Qadri

Published: June 20, 2014
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File photo of Tahirul Qadri. PHOTO: ONLINE

File photo of Tahirul Qadri. PHOTO: ONLINE

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehrik chief Dr Tahirul Qadri has said they would accept an inquiry by a joint investigation team which consisted of representatives from Inter-Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence, and Intelligence Bureau, and a judicial commission comprising three impartial judges of the Supreme Court (SC).

Addressing a press conference through a video link from Canada on Friday, Qadri said that a joint investigation and a three-member investigation tribunal comprising judges of the SC was formed to investigate the attack on TV anchor Hamid Mir. He questioned why it was not possible in regard to the Model Town incident in which more than a dozen people were gunned down and 80 others injured.

He said he did not have confidence in the one-man tribunal formed by the Punjab government, which he deemed as responsible for the incident. He alleged that the police were implicit in the killing of his activists, and questioned how they would be able to carry out an impartial investigation.

Qadri said this was his last press conference from Canada, adding that he would leave for Pakistan after it ended. He said he arrive on June 23 at Islamabad airport.

The PAT leader also said that he did not give his party workers permission to protest violently, and insisted that they protested in a democratic manner.

He added that his party had been patient even after enduring the tumultuous clash on Tuesday between PAT workers and the police, which left as eight party workers, including two women, dead and 85 others injured.

Qadri said such an incident had not occurred in the history of Pakistan.

He had addressed the media and a participants of a joint meeting of representatives of different parties including Chaudhry Ijaz of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Jahangir Badar and Mian Manzoor Wattoo of Pakistan Peoples Party, Chaudhry Zaheer of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, Rasheed Godail of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen, and Sahibada Hasan Raza of Sunni Ittehad Council at the secretariat of Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT).

The representatives of these parties held the meeting to show solidarity with the PAT activists and condemn the police operation.

Member and representative of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) Hassan Moiuddin lashed out at Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday, going as far as referring to him as a killer for the Lahore incident,  while speaking to the media. 

In a joint statement of the SIC, the Majlis-e-Wahdat-e-Muslimeen and other political parties, an SIC representative said Shahbaz was a cruel leader, as well as a killer.

The representatives of these parties after having a joint session issued a joint communiqué making various demands to the government. They made demands for a joint investigation team, and a three-member SC bench for investigation into the incident, as well as a release of all arrested activists of PAT.

They also demanded that the missing PAT workers that were arrested by the police and transferred to an undisclosed location be produced.

The participants further demanded that the government ensure the registration of an FIR on application filed by PAT workers against Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, his different ministers and police officers and officials.

They expressed their solidarity with Dr Tahirul Qadri and condemned the Punjab government for carrying out this deadly operation.

Separately, Jamat-e-Islami deputy chief Hafiz Muhammad Idrees, condemned the incident and said that the Sharif brothers had not learnt anything from their past experiences.

In a statement issued, Idrees said that the Sharif brothers must make amends for their past lapses and abandon the path of tyranny and oppression, lest they fell prey to divine accountability once again.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Munir
    Jun 20, 2014 - 6:51PM

    He is right.

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  • Taimoor
    Jun 20, 2014 - 6:52PM

    He is right.

    For those who don’t know, Shahbaz Sharif has been one of the biggest thugs and killers of Punjab. He is the main Gullu Butt of Punjab. His history is full of corruption and thuggery. Only recently has PMLN launched a massive campaign to fool public and youth that they are the “good guys”, yet they stand fully exposed as it is impossible to straighten the tail of a certain animal species.

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  • Mohammad
    Jun 20, 2014 - 6:59PM

    ET please try to get your facts right. That is not Hassan Moiuddin Qadri in the photo but representative of Sunni Itehad Council!

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  • Rehan
    Jun 20, 2014 - 7:17PM

    Get your facts right, that is not Tahir ul Qadri’s son’s screengrab. Poor Journalism.

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  • Salman
    Jun 20, 2014 - 7:25PM

    What else do you expect from the children of Zia ul Haq? Sharif brothers are the worst dictators in Pakistan’s history.

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  • Zaid Hamid Lal Topi Wala.
    Jun 20, 2014 - 7:58PM

    Addressing the media during the joint
    statement, Tahirul Qadri, leader of
    Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), said he
    did not give his party workers
    permission to protest violently, and
    insisted that they protested in a
    democratic manner.
    Is throwing brick & charging with lathi at law enforcement is democratic practice in Pakistan?
    WOW.

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  • Jafri
    Jun 20, 2014 - 7:59PM

    The scene of that woman dying on the road after she was shot by teroorist Punjab police still hanuts me. Its been 4 days I could not take it out of my mind. How does this cruel murderer Shehbaz sleep after killing numeous people?

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  • Rex Minor
    Jun 20, 2014 - 8:08PM

    Why does’nt the political eadership in Punjab invoke a no confidence vote against the Chief Minster? Why all this brawl on the street and in private places. This guy is not going to give his business projects. a big brother, remember!

    Rex Minor

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  • ZK
    Jun 20, 2014 - 8:13PM

    And Sunni Ittehad Council considers Mumtaz Qadri a Ghazi! True to their acronym, SIC!

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  • Malveros
    Jun 20, 2014 - 8:38PM

    TUQ, Imran Khan, Sheikh Rasheed and the Chaudhry’s of Gujrat are the worst opportunists in the history of Pakistan. Imran Khan will be responsible for the downfall of Punjab and thereby Pakistan. He along with TUQ is responsible for dividing and instigating the people against the state and thereby creating hatred and divisions. If they continue in this fashion, I see extreme trouble in the future. Imran Khan was a dictator in cricket and he will continue in his arrogant and ignorant mannerism in politics as well to become PM by hook or crook.

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  • ahmad
    Jun 20, 2014 - 10:20PM

    Nation is with the PML N government, not with the Fasadi Mullah

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  • someone
    Jun 20, 2014 - 10:55PM

    Cat is out of the bag now. TUQ is ISI/army stooge. History is going to be repeated. A coup is on the corner. Enjoy few more foreign destinations Mr. PM while you can. Boots are coming.

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  • Zulfiqar
    Jun 20, 2014 - 11:36PM

    Using such a brutal force to kill Citizens, Is it democracy? Sharif Brothers must resign NOW.

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  • S.Nasir Mehdi
    Jun 21, 2014 - 1:25AM

    Yes the Punjab Government headed by Shah Baz Shareef is worst in administration. Two brothers tale is only making roads and not on rails. TUQ is also not a farishta. Beware of him countrymen.

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  • Nitin DallasTexan
    Jun 21, 2014 - 4:17AM

    It is utterly unbelievable that this Doctor Scholar Leader Mr. TQ sits in Canada in the comfort and protection of a Western democratic Christian nation and causes events, death, and following in lawless Pakistan and people follow him. Just incredible. The same is true of Mr. Altaf Hussain who sits in London and does the same. Have to give it to the Pakistani people. Congratulations for doing what is so illogical to most others in the world.

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  • Pmahmud
    Jun 21, 2014 - 6:05AM

    If Qadri does not want government security, then he should be on his own as any agency including intel are subject government order. The government should make sure that public and private property/lives are protected fully.
    If he gets any special treatment then I would be fully justified in claiming provision such services when I come for next visit.

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  • mahir
    Jun 21, 2014 - 8:17AM

    He is not right. He is wrong. He is taking about revolution, which will destabalise the country. I don’t under why people don’t understand that. He should not be allowed back in the country. He should be arrested. He is talking about taking the legitimate government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. To be honest I will put a bullet in him if he comes back and the government falls. @Munir:

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  • eid
    Jun 21, 2014 - 8:36AM

    I really frustrated due to the fact that we live in an era where people are treated like animals. Please learn from History. Our elders have sacrificed their lives so that this country would be a place to live one day. But alas…..

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  • ahmed ali
    Jun 21, 2014 - 10:12AM

    if Qadri is wrong,there is no justification of cold murdered by Shabaz Shareef

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  • Malveros
    Jun 21, 2014 - 10:22AM

    To be honest if this government is derailed in anyway people will forget about the lawlessness in Karachi/Sindh. Armed insurgency will start from Lahore and spread throughout Punjab and TUQ or Imran Khan will have no place to hide. The chatter that is talking about coups should forget about it. This time the people will not sit quietly.

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