Lahore- Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah stated that an First Information Report (FIR) had been lodged for the Model Town incident and those responsible for the clashes would be brought to justice.
Addressing journalists, the minister asserted that the provincial government did not direct the police to launch an operation against PTA workers and that a cleanup operation had been launched on the complaints of local residents against the road blockades outside Qadri's house. According to Rana, the barriers outside Qadri's house and party’s secretariat were removed after the government received information from intelligence agencies regarding the presence of armed men in the area. He stated that the private militia had turned the neighborhood into a no-go area.
Rana further stated that Tahir ul Qadri would be welcomed by the government if he remained calm and refrained from provoking his workers. Moreover, Qadri would be provided security. However, in order to avoid chaos and unrest in one of the most sensitive areas in the capital, his followers would not be allowed to gather at the Islamabad International Airport.
Rana said that Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif had already taken strict notice of the violent clashes in Model Town and a case had been instituted against workers of Pakistan Awami Tehrik who had fired and pelted stones, injuring police personnel.
In response to a question, Rana stated that huge quantity of weapons had been recovered from the secretariat of Pakistan Awami Tehrik. Twenty nine police officials were under treatment in different hospitals, two of whom were in critical condition, he concluded.