LAHORE - Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan has accused Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri of telling lies about facts of the Model Town incident and roping Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in his false narrative that FIR on the incident was written after his interference.

“The PAT chief is blatantly distorting facts of the matter and is trying to bring the army chief in his story that on his pressure FIR was registered on the incident,” Sanaullah told the media men here yesterday while terming Dr Qadri’s statement he made before the media on his arrival here as totally baseless and untrue.

The PML-N minister said that an FIR was registered with the Police Station Faisal Town the same evening, on June 17, 2014, albeit the PAT lodged the complaint after two days but later instead of joining the investigations, moved a private complaint to seek case against 139 people and the same was still pending before the court.

He further said that PAT was still availing remedy under the law as such it was false on the part of PAT Chairman that he was not finding any remedy and his complaint was not addressed.

The Model Town police and people clash took place on June 17,2014 outside and inside the main office of Minhajul Quran Secretariat, wherein 14 PAT workers lost their lives in a result of clash with armed policemen.

In August 2014, the PAT workers led by Dr Qadri marched to the capital city and held a protest sit-in for indefinite period at Islamabad’s D-Chowk to seek arrest of the accused including Prime Minster, Chief Minister Punjab, Federal and Provincial Ministers and the police personnel. The protest was abruptly ended in November 2015 although the PAT continued to press the demand for arrest of the accused persons.

Now Dr Tahirul Qadri is again in the city to hold a protest sit-in at The Mall on the Model Town killings about which he says no action has been taken against the actual culprits so far.

In light of the JIT’s findings, the challan the case against nine policemen and 42 PAT workers has been placed before a special anti-terrorism court in Lahore and the matter is at evidence stage.

Flanked by Punjab Government spokesman Zaeem Hussain Qadri and Adviser to CM Rana Maqbool yesterday, the law minister said he and CM Shehbaz Sharif were ready to be confronted and to answer every question of the PAT holding the holy Quran as their witness.

As to the non-publication of LHC’s judicial commission report on the Model Town incident, the minister said that it was withheld after five constitutional petitions against the appointment of the commission were filed. The report will be made public as soon as the LHC bench will validate appointment of the commission, he told the media.

It may be mentioned the Commission has reportedly made certain observations which go against the government. The PAT has also long demanded publication of the report which has not been accepted.

To a question on the PAT protest on The Mall, Rana Sanaullah said the government would allow the same as long as it remains peaceful and according to the undertaking given by the PAT.

“The government has a stated policy that no harm should come to the people and security to their life should be the utmost concern of the authorities. As such, we will follow the policy of avoiding clash with the protestors as long as they act according to the law and the constitution.”