Zardari meets Qadri, asks Shahbaz to step down

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari Thursday said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s must resign in light of the Model Town inquiry report.

Speaking at a news conference alongside Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri, Zardari said, “We came here today to express our solidarity with Allama sahib.”

“Now we will not tolerate Shahbaz. Now we will fight and take to the streets with him (Qadri).

“Enough is enough, Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz must resign. After this report, he stands condemned and a condemned man cannot remain the CM of the largest province of Pakistan.”

On his part, Qadri said the Model Town inquiry report clearly indicated Shahbaz Sharif as a “murderer.”

“The barriers [around Minhajul Quran Secretariat] were lawful and no one had objected to them for three years. The force which was sent used unlawful means. They were there to drop bodies and not remove barriers,” he said of the incident which took place on June 17, 2014,” he added.

The PAT chief alleged the entire operation had been conducted under the supervision of Rana Sanaullah.

“People, who say the report is not conclusive, are lying,” he said, adding that anyone who reads the report prepared by Justice Baqir Najfi commission will know who was responsible for the Model Town tragedy.

“Rana Sanaullah should step down and surrender himself to law,” he said.

“We will take steps, with in the ambit of the law and the constitution, to bring those responsible for Model Town incident to justice.”

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