GUJRANWALA/SIALKOT

A number of workers of Pakistan Awami Tehrik staged demonstrations over the Model Town tragedy and staged various mourning camps and sit-ins against the government and police.

They also participated in mourning camps established at Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Uggoki, Satrah, Pasrur, Badiana, Chawinda and surrounding areas to mourn the brutal assassination of several PAT activists by Lahore police in Model Town Lahore on Tuesday.

Quran Khawani was held at these camps for the eternal peace of the departed souls. Meanwhile, hundreds of activists staged protest demonstration at different places in Sialkot city and its surrounding areas, to lodge a strong protest against the brutal assassination.

The protesters staged sit-ins and kept the traffic blocked for several hours on main Sialkot-Sambrial Road at congested China Chowk, Sialkot-Airport Road at Gohdpur Chowk, Shahabpura Road, Sialkot City’s congested Allama Iqbal Chowk, Sialkot-Pasrur Road near Doburji Chowk, Naikapura, Circular Road and Pull Aik in sizzling hot weather. They were carrying banners and placards and they also chanted anti government and anti-police slogans.

The female PAT workers along with their children also staged a sit-in at China Chowk on Kashmir Road to express solidarity with the grieved families. On the other hand, Jamaat-e-Islami Sialkot Ameer Sheikh Attiqur Rehman strongly condemned the brutal murder of workers by the police. He said that the Lahore police raised a non-issue and handled the situation unwisely and with dictatorial thinking.

He termed it a worst example of state terrorism, saying that female workers’ death is also a challenge for democratic government and should be a point of grave concern. He demanded judicial inquiry of the incident.

In Gujranwala, District Bar Gujranwala went on strike against the incident. Hundreds of men and women belonging to PAT took to on GT Road and chanted slogans against the government.

The protesters demanded that the Punjab chief minister should resign and action be taken against the police high-ups. During strike at the district courts, the litigants faced troubles.