PTI backs PAT’s protest campaign

LAHORE – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Dr Tahirul Qadri took serious notice of Nawaz Sharif’s continuous attacks on judiciary on Tuesday, and alleged that the three-time prime minister had always been a ‘darling’ of the judges.

“This is not me, but he [Nawaz Sharif] who was raised in the lap of a dictator, and remained darling of the judiciary. But the problem is that now establishment has withdrawn its support from him,” the PTI chairman said while addressing a press conference along with the PAT chairman at Model Town.

Imran had gone to Qadri’s place along with senior leaders of PTI.

Imran slated Nawaz Sharif in response to latter’s speech in which the ousted prime minister had criticised judiciary for sparing former president General Pervez Musharraf and his political nemesis Imran Khan.

The PTI chairman reassured his party’s support to Qadri’s upcoming protest campaign against the Model Town killings.

The PAT is holding a multi-party conference on December 30 to formulate next strategy on the Model Town issue.

“I have no issue to sit with Asif Ali Zardari on Model Town issue,” the PTI chairman said when asked if he could join hands with PPP co-chairman in Qadri’s anticipated campaign.

He, however, at the same moment not only ruled out any political understanding with Zardari in future but also minced no word in criticising the politics of PPP.

“PML-N is not a political party, but a mafia and it gags the mouth of an opposition party [PPP] through money,” he said, citing his ‘reason’ for not attending parliament sessions where he said some criminals were sitting disguised as politicians.

He again termed Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif a “drama” who could no more make public fools.

Referring to Shehbaz’s speech on Quaid-e-Azam’s birth anniversary on Monday in which he had criticised elites, Imran asked him to tell the names of people whom he called elite.

“What an irony that Sharifs’ sons, relatives, in-laws and munshy [Ishaq Dar] turned billionaires by doing massive corruption and ‘Shobaz’ [Shehbaz] issues warnings to elites,” he wondered.

Later, Imran visited PAT’s head office along with party senior leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Jahangir Tareen, Shafqat Mahmood, Chaudhary Sarwar, Fawad Chaudhary, Aleem Khan and Ijaz Chaudhary. He said he had come here along with his team to ensure Qadri that PTI and people of Pakistan stood with PAT’s “justice movement”.

To a question, he replied that PTI would not support any technocrat setup or national government if these were under consideration.

He said there was no constitutional provision which legalised such kind of governments in Pakistan.

Earlier, Qadri welcomed the PTI’s delegation in Model Town and thanked them for their support on the issue.

He said that Imran had not only supported his movement to get justice for the martyrs of Model Town, but had also owned the campaign.

He reiterated his call for Punjab CM and law minister’s resignation in the light of findings of Justice Ali Baqar Najafi’s report.

PAT chairman said all the opposition parties will unanimously announce the next strategy on Model Town issue on December 30.


PTI backs PAT’s protest campaign


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