LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Dr Tahirul Qadri Wednesday appealed the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to help the Party get justice about killing of 14 workers and injury to around 100 others.

Talking to media persons at Model Town residence, Dr Tahirul Qadri said they have been running from pillar to post for the last two years but could not get justice. He said the government did not register FIR despite orders from Sessions Judge and Lahore High Court and ultimately the COAS had to ask for the registration of the FIR when the party was staging a sit in in Islamabad.

The PAT chief announced to stage a Dharna on Mall road on 17th during which he would make important announcement about future course of action. He said he has invited all the political parties to join in his Sit in. He refused to say anything whether the dharna would be short or long. He said he has never announced to launch a movement.

He said Punjab and Federal government rulers were responsible for the killings in Model town and stated that the rulers would die their own deaths. He said the police in uniform opened fire at the PAT supporters while there were no response from the people otherwise several police officers could have been killed.

He said Joint Investigation Team stated in its report that firing in Model Town on June 14 was one-sided; he said adding that culprits at whose behest Model Town tragedy happened were in power in the government.

Dr Tahirul Qadri said while the COAS has committed to eliminate terrorists and their facilitators therefore he should take action against them in the case of Model Town killings as faces of terrorists and their facilitators are visible.

In reply to a question, the PAT chief said his statement has no link with COAS’s term of office. He said if justice is not provided to them, the Parliament of Pakistan should pass a new legislation that those killed by government and state machinery will not get justice.

About Panama Leaks, he said nothing will come out from the Parliamentary Committee on the issue.

To another question, he said he has never raised empire’s finger because he was not a cricketer. 

 Earlier Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s chief Dr Tahirul Qadri was accorded a warm welcome when he arrived at the Allama Iqbal Airport. Hundreds of party workers gathered at the airport and showered rose petals on his vehicle as he left the airport.

 PAT leader has returned to the country after eight months. He arrived in Lahore from London.