After Imran, Zardari joins Qadri in demand for Shahbaz, Sana’s resignation

Former president Asif Ali Zardari called on Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on Friday and endorsed the latter’s stance on the Model Town incident.

Zardari convened the meeting with Dr Qadri in Lahore ahead of PAT chief’s call for all political parties to attend an All Parties Conference (APC) on December 30.

During the meeting, Zardari thanked Dr Qadri for invitation to participate in the APC and deliberated over the incident and developments concerning it in detail.

“We are with Dr Tahirul Qadri on this issue. Bullets were fired for hours together in Model Town, which was also showed by media,” he told reporters.

He expressed wonder that the incident took place in a big city like Lahore in broad daylight. “We have always supported oppressed and raised voice against injustice. We have relations with Tahir since the days of Benazir. We are with him.”

The former president called for Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif to tender their resignations. “We demand that Shahbaz and Rana Sanaullah step down and present themselves before the law,” he said.

Zardari said that Punjab Police opened fire against innocent locals and 14 lives were lost while hundreds wounded in the clashes. He alleged that the chief and law ministers were utilising their powers to influence every case in this regard.

“Whatever decision the All Parties Conference will take the PPP will support it. We would hold them accountable,” he added.

On his part, Qadri said PAT welcomes Zardari-led delegation of PPP and that the meeting discussed agenda of the forthcoming APC.

PAT leader further announced that PPP agrees with all the clauses put forth by PAT over Model Town incident and that the APC would formally begin at 12:45pm tomorrow (Saturday).

To a query he said Saudi Arabia was not going to get Nawaz any NRO. “We believe in supremacy of the constitution and will not accede to any pressure. We have autonomous bodies to take decisions,” he added.

It should be noted that the APC was earlier to be convened on December 28 but was pushed by two days by Dr Qadri.

The meeting between Zardari and Qadri was earlier scheduled to take place on Thursday, but it was rescheduled for today owing to the PPP leader’s pressing engagements.

This was Asif Zardari’s second meeting with Qadri in less than two weeks.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has also confirmed his participation in the meeting to bring perpetrators of the lives lost on July 17, 2014 to justice. 

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